Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov, draft picks

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Because this is Dwight Howard we're talking about here, it seemed like a matter of time until a report surfaced that indicated there was some tension centering around him in his now-former team's locker room.

Howard has a $23.8 million expiring contract, but the move will save the Nets $17 million in 2019-20, which will allow them to create two max salary slots. Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak signed Mozgov to the four-year, $64 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers two years ago.

The Hornets receive Brooklyn's second-round picks in 2018 (No. 45 overall) and 2021.

Either way, the Nets current, odd purgatory of not being able to rebuild through the draft of free agency is finally set to end. 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 deal cannot be made official until the league lifts its moratorium on July 6.

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Mozgov's numbers pale in comparison to Howard's.

He was traded to the Nets last summer by the Lakers as part of the part of their trade for D'Angelo Russell.

He played in only 31 games last season for the Nets, averaging 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Howard, on the other hand, averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game over 81 games. The only other National Basketball Association player in history to accomplish that feat? The Nets will need money to expire off the salary cap to take on Howard's salary.

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