SBNation The Atlanta Hawks have traded center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets, according to The Undefeated’s Marc Spears. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Hawks would send MIkes Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick for Howard and the 31st pick.
There have been rumors that the Atlanta Hawks were looking to dump Dwight Howard this offseason, and tonight they did just that, as they sent Howard to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee and Marco Belinelli. So they did not get much for Dwight Howard, who played well for the Hawks in stretches this season, but that has a lot to do with his reputation as a player that ruins team chemistry and coach killer. The Hornets needed a big man, and Howard is a nice on a team that should be on playoff contention, where he will not be asked to do too much and can play to her strengths (rebounding, defense). The Hornets should have a starting lineup of Kemba Walker, Nic Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard with Frank Kaminsky and whoever they select eleventh overall coming off the bench which could be a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. As for the Hawks, while this move will help them attempt to retain free agents forward Paul Milsap and guard Tim Hardaway Jr, but it also points them straight towards rebuilding mode.
The Hornets did not give up much to get Dwight, so its a nice deal, as long as he does not ruin their locker room chemistry and turn Charlotte into Dwightmare III.