In the deal, the Nets will send two future second-round picks, cash and center Timofey Mozgov to the Hornets for Howard. Shortly after, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania confirmed the deal and the pieces being flipped.
Dwight Howard is gone from Charlotte after just one season. Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak signed Mozgov to the four-year, $64 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers two years ago. With two slots for max contracts, the Nets could make big moves in free agency-next offseason, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard, among others, are expected to hit the market.
Mozgov, 31, now has a four-year, $64 million contract, which he signed with the Lakers in 2016.More news: Falling German crime stats "speak for themselves"
Howard would appear to be a unusual fit for the Nets, given Brooklyn has young center Jarrett Allen.
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Mozgov has two years left on his contract at $16 million per season.More news: Google Podcasts: Everything you need to know!
Mozgov appeared in 31 games last season, averaging 4.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg while shooting 55.9 percent in 31 games. His last All-Star appearance and All-NBA selection was in 2014 and he hasn't been an All-Defensive player since 2011-12.
They could form a center tandem with Howard and Allen splitting time, while Allen gets to observe some of the veteran tricks Howard has picked up over the course of 14 National Basketball Association campaigns. He then spent one year with the Atlanta Hawks and one with the Hornets.
Dwight Howard's name can't be mentioned without hearing some snickers.More news: Iraq force accuses U.S. of killing 22 of its fighters in Syria