Sunday, 23 September, 2018

How the Dwight Howard-Timofey Mozgov trade could affect the Cleveland Cavaliers

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
| 21 June, 2018, 00:59

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets are also sending two future draft picks and cash to the Hornets for Howard and his expiring contract.

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.

The Hornets will get the Nets' second-round pick Thursday night (45th overall) and a second-round pick in 2021, the person said.

Mozgov has two years left on his contract at $16m per season.


But he wore out his welcome after one season and was dealt to Charlotte. Recently hired Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak signed Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal in 2016 when both were with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The trade frees up immediate financial space for Charlotte, which found itself right up against the tax with a roster that missed the 2018 playoffs, and frees up Brooklyn to potentially sign two max-salary players in free agency next year.

Mozgov's numbers pale in comparison to Howard's. He averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game, and shot 55.5 percent from the floor. Besides Brooklyn, Mozgov has also played for the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers in his 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

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