Nets trading for Dwight Howard in National Basketball Association stunner

Nets may be finally digging out of worst NBA trade ever with Dwight Howard swap

Nets may be finally digging out of worst NBA trade ever with Dwight Howard swap

Veteran big man Dwight Howard had a mini bounce-back year with the Charlotte Hornets in the 2017-18 season.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal can't be completed until the moratorium ends on July 6. With the Nets set to move into Brooklyn later that year, it was a chance for one of the league's biggest stars to become the foundational face of the team's transition into the Big Apple.

After 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.

In the deal, the Nets will send two future second-round picks, cash and center Timofey Mozgov to the Hornets for Howard.

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New Hornets general manager Kupchak signed Mozgov to a four-year, $64m deal in 2016 when both were with the Lakers.

The Nets will save almost $17 million on the trade in the 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots for 2019 free agency. He holds career averages of 17.4 points per game and 12.7 rebounds.

The Hornets receive Brooklyn's second-round picks in 2018 (No. 45 overall) and 2021. At this point, that it what it is and Howard as a player is what he is - an aging former superstar who has enough game to still be a productive piece.

Getting that, along with a path to two max salary slots in 2019-20 in exchange for getting rid of a grumbling Timofey Mozgov?

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