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Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov

Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov

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.

After beginning the season as a starter, Mozgov played just once after the All-Star break and the Russian center claimed to have never been given an explanation from head coach Kenny Atkinson as to why.

Because this is Dwight Howard we're talking about here, it seemed like a matter of time until a report surfaced that indicated there was some tension centering around him in his now-former team's locker room.

Mozgov has two years, $32.7 million left on his contract. The Nets, meanwhile, are looking to start taking steps forward in their rebuild despite the bare cupboard general manager Sean Marks inherited.

Howard would appear to be a odd fit for the Nets, given Brooklyn has young center Jarrett Allen.

Charlotte was determined to move out Howard, who has a $23.8 million expiring contract.

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He's not the player who won three straight Defensive Player of the Year awards from 2008-11. The only other National Basketball Association player in history to accomplish that feat? It's no surprise to see that he did not want Howard on his team this time around. He holds career averages of 17.4 points per game and 12.7 rebounds. So he might not be interested in taking on a reduced role.

For the Nets, the deal will clear around $17 million in cap space after next season. Mozgov signed a four-year deal worth $64 million. One of those Nets picks is the 45th overall selection in Thursday's NBA Draft, while the other is said to be in 2021.

Dwight Howard's name can't be mentioned without hearing some snickers.

Instead, during that flight, Howard was given a bunch of candy, and talked into committing to Orlando for the long term.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal can't be completed until the moratorium ends on July 6.