In fact, between the Hornets' Howard trade and the National Basketball Association draft a day away, a deal between the two teams could be coming sooner rather than later.
In a shocking reveal Wednesday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that a trade involving Howard to the Nets is being finalized.
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New Hornets general manager Kupchak signed Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal in 2016 when both were with the Lakers.
Howard's value has clearly declined if the best the Hornets can get for him from the Nets is Mozgov and two future second-round picks. Howard has a $23.8 million expiring contract. With two slots for max contracts, the Nets could make big moves in free agency-next offseason, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard, among others, are expected to hit the market.
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Last season, he ranked third in the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game (12.5) fourth in double-doubles (53), ninth in blocks (1.6) and 11th in field-goal percentage (55.5 percent). His last All-Star appearance and All-NBA selection was in 2014 and he hasn't been an All-Defensive player since 2011-12. From 2004-2014, Howard was named to the All-NBA Team eight consecutive times. He then spent one year with the Atlanta Hawks and one with the Hornets.
Nonetheless, we'll see what happens with Dwight Howard going forward.
Instead, during that flight, Howard was given a bunch of candy, and talked into committing to Orlando for the long term. The deal cannot be made official until the league lifts its moratorium on July 6.More news: Immigrant children separated from families won't be reunited right away, administration says