Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Hornets trading Howard to Nets for Mozgov

Hornets trading Howard to Nets for Mozgov

The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania. For the Nets, trading Mozgov will allow them to save the $17 million remaining on his deal for the 2019-20 season, and gives them the space needed to potentially create two max salary slots.

One of those Nets picks is the 45th overall selection in Thursday's NBA Draft, while the other is said to be in 2021.

Dwight Howard is on the move again. Next season is the final year of the three-year, $70.5 million contract he signed with the Atlanta Hawks in the Summer of Exploding Cash before being dealt to Charlotte two days before the 2017 NBA Draft. The Hornets, who are in the midst of a major organizational shake-up, having already replaced their general manager and coach, could be on the verge of shaking up their roster, too.

The 7-foot-1 Mozgov has not played a full 82-game season since 2013 and has averaged in double figures only once during his eight-year National Basketball Association career. The 31-year-old averaged 11.6 minutes, 4.2 points, and 3.2 rebounds per game. At this point, that it what it is and Howard as a player is what he is - an aging former superstar who has enough game to still be a productive piece. He averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game, and shot 55.5 percent from the floor.

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