The Hornets entered the offseason determined to dump Howard's salary and per Wojnarowski, the second-round picks include this year's No. 45 overall selection, acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in the Rashad Vaughn deal on February 5, and a 2021 pick.
The Charlotte Hornets' experiment with future Hall-of-Fame center Dwight Howard will end imminently with the team trading him to the Brooklyn Nets, an National Basketball Association source confirmed Wednesday.
The Brooklyn Nets are the latest team to acquire the services of center Dwight Howard.
Mozgov has two years, $32.7 million left on his contract. That's right, the former Defensive Player of The Year, 8x All-Star, and 8x All-NBA Player is worth no more to Hornets than an overpriced, bench-level big man and some second rounders.
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.
The Charlotte Hornets apparently have a big trade in the works one day ahead of the start of the 2018 NBA Draft. The deal cannot be made official until the league lifts its moratorium on July 6.
It would be fitting if a buyout did happen, though, given how long the Nets once pursued Howard - only to have him leave them at the altar after that flight from San Antonio to Orlando. Yet, for Howard, it's not the numbers that are the problem... it's everything else. The 31-year-old averaged 11.6 minutes, 4.2 points, and 3.2 rebounds per game. He holds career averages of 17.4 points per game and 12.7 rebounds.
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. The Nets will need money to expire off the salary cap to take on Howard's salary.