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Brendan Haywood: Former Hornets teammates ‘sick and tired’ of Dwight Howard’s act

21 June, 2018, 19:41 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Nets may be finally digging out of worst NBA trade ever with Dwight Howard swap

The Brooklyn Nets are the latest team to acquire the services of center Dwight Howard.

Howard has never averaged less than 29.7 minutes per season (2016-17 with the Hawks) and has come off the bench one time in 1,035 career games.

Last year, in his first and only season with the Charlotte Hornets, Howard averaged 12.5 rebounds and 16.6 points over 81 games.

Howard's decision to stay in Orlando marked the beginning of the vagabond stage of his career. Acquired along with D'Angelo Russell, Mozgov began the season in the starting lineup but quickly fell out of the rotation entirely on a team that preferred to play small and shoot 3-pointers.

The trade frees up immediate financial space for Charlotte, which found itself right up against the tax with a roster that missed the 2018 playoffs, and frees up Brooklyn to potentially sign two max-salary players in free agency next year.

By finding a team to take Timofey Mozgov, the Nets will shed his salary for the 2019-20 season, and save the team enough money to offer two maximum salary contracts in the 2019 offseason, according ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the news of the trade. He has also suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. Howard could even be bought out by the Nets, though that has not been publicly broached to this point. Now, it's happening with the Hornets, who sent Howard to the Nets.

This year, while the reaction wasn't quite as dramatic, there was still quite a bit of relief when Howard departed from Charlotte.

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