Report: Nets acquire Dwight Howard, send Hornets Mozgov
NBA.com Global on Jun 20, 2018 09:48 PM
Dwight Howard NBA file photo
The Brooklyn Nets have acquired former All-Star center Dwight Howard in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.
In the deal, the Nets will send two future second-round picks, cash and center Timofey Mozgov to the Hornets for Howard.
Charlotte is finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov, league sources tell ESPN. Nets will save $17M on deal in 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2018
Deal includes Nets sending two future second-round picks and cash to Charlotte for Howard, who has a $23.8M expiring contract. https://t.co/v4sOImIHl2— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2018
Sources: Charlotte traded Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov, two second-rounders and cash considerations.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2018
One year ago, the Atlanta Hawks traded Howard to the Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and a swap of second-round picks in a trade that took place two days before the 2017 Draft. This time around, he is reportedly being traded one day before the 2018 Draft.
The Nets landed Mozgov last summer as a part of their trade for the Los Angeles' Lakers D'Angelo Russell. In that deal, the Lakers sent Mozgov to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez and the rights to rookie Kyle Kuzma.
Howard's most impressive game of the 2017-18 season came on March 21 (ironically enough, vs. Brooklyn), when he finished with 32 points and a career-high 30 rebounds in a comeback win against the Nets.
Last season, he ranked third in the NBA in rebounds per game (12.5) fourth in double-doubles (53), ninth in blocks (1.6) and 11th in field-goal percentage (55.5 percent).
Mozgov appeared in 31 games last season, averaging 4.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg while shooting 55.9 percent in 31 games. The Lakers signed the veteran Mozgov in the summer of 2016, but he struggled to fit him into their system in the 2016-17 season, leading to his trade to Brooklyn.
Kupchak was GM of the Lakers when they acquired Howard in a then-blockbuster trade with the Orlando Magic before the 2012-13 season. After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Orlando, Howard has played for the Lakers (2012-13), the Houston Rockets (2013-16), the Hawks (2016-17), the Hornets (2017-18) and, now, the Nets.