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Dwight Howard headed from Charlotte Hornets to Brooklyn Nets

Dwight Howard headed from Charlotte Hornets to Brooklyn Nets

Shortly after, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania confirmed the deal and the pieces being flipped.

Mozgov had been openly unhappy with his lack of playing time in Brooklyn.

Dwight Howard is on the move once again, and this time he's heading to the Brooklyn Nets. One of those Nets picks is the 45th overall selection in Thursday's NBA Draft, while the other is said to be in 2021. Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak signed Mozgov to the four-year, $64 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers two years ago. 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.

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The Hornets are in a delicate place, with a ton of bad contracts on their roster and a bona fide star in Kemba Walker who will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. 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).

The deal can't be completed until the moratorium ends on July 6.

Howard will play alongside his former teammate Jeremy Lin, who was also his point guard with the Houston Rockets for one season. By dealing Mozgov and letting Howard's contract expire, Brooklyn will save $17 million entering the 2019-20 campaign, according to Wojnarowski, which will allow the team to create two maximum salary slots.


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