Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov

Nets may be finally digging out of worst NBA trade ever with Dwight Howard swap

Nets may be finally digging out of worst NBA trade ever with Dwight Howard swap

After beginning the season as a starter, Mozgov played just once after the All-Star break and the Russian center claimed to have never been given an explanation from head coach Kenny Atkinson as to why.

The Nets will be Howard's sixth National Basketball Association team in the past eight seasons and his fourth different franchise in four years.

Howard went to Charlotte and declared himself team leader - despite the presence of Walker, the franchise player.

Mozgov appeared in 31 games last season, averaging 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game.

The Nets will save $17 million in 19-20, which will allow them to potentially create two max salary slots. Howard has a $23.8 million expiring contract.


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. It's no surprise to see that he did not want Howard on his team this time around.

After later spending three seasons with the Houston Rockets, Howard was acquired by his hometown Atlanta Hawks in 2016 as a free agent and signed a three-year contract. There would be no need to stretch the buyout (nor would that be wise with Deron Williams still showing up on the cap list for the next two years at nearly $5.5 million per annum).

Howard was also traded to the Hornets one year ago today.

Nonetheless, we'll see what happens with Dwight Howard going forward.

Howard's just a piece of the puzzle, no longer a centerpiece. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade and the league can not approve the deal until the trade moratorium ends on July 6.

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