ESPNThe Charlotte Hornets have agreed to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash, league sources told ESPN. Charlotte was determined to move out Howard, who has a $23.8 million expiring contract. The Hornets will receive the Nets’ second-round pick (No. 45) in Thursday’s NBA draft and a 2021 second-round pick, league sources said. Mozgov has two years, $32.7 million left on his contract. Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak signed Mozgov to the four-year, $64 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers two years ago.
Either the Charlotte Hornets really wanted Dwight Howard out of their locker room or new Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak really values Timofey Mozgov. The Charlotte Hornets traded Dwight Howard and his expiring contract to the Brooklyn Nets, and in return, Mitch Kupchak took back the two years and $32.7 million dollars remaining on the horrific contract that he signed Timofey Mozgov to when he was running the Lakers. Of course, Dwight Howard was also wildly difficult to deal with when he was playing for the Lakers and Kupchak was the general manager, so it’s no surprise Kupchak wanted Howard off of his new team. Meanwhile, the Nets get out of the terrible Mozgov contract that they were forced to take on when they got D’Angelo Russell for pennies on the dollar, and they got an asset in Dwight Howard’s expiring contract which could potentially be used in a future deal. The problem is, the Nets now have Dwight Howard, who seem to kill every locker room he enters. The Nets were a fun team last season, and while Dwight Howard can help them on the glass and in the paint, they have a promising young center in Jarrett Allen who looks to be ready for a bigger role. The Nets already have one difficult locker room guy in D’Angelo Russell, and while bringing in Dwight Howard might seem like a decent move on paper, we have seen it kill chemistry time after time. As a New Yorker who’s a Knicks fan, but watches a lot of Nets, I hope the Nets look as the Dwight Howard contract as an asset and a way to dump the Mozgov contract and not as missing piece who will bring Brooklyn to the post season.