National Basketball Association trade grades: Hornets will deal Dwight Howard to Nets

Timofey Mozgov Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard headed from Charlotte Hornets to Brooklyn Nets

Sources: Charlotte traded Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov, two second-rounders and cash considerations. The deal cannot be made official until the league lifts its moratorium on July 6.

But now, thanks, surprisingly to a trade for Dwight Howard, the Nets nightmare might finally be over.

The deal is particularly fascinating because Brooklyn was able to dump Mozgov's contract, which they took exactly one year ago to the day when they acquired D'Angelo Russell from the Los Angeles Lakers.

One of those Nets picks is the 45th overall selection in Thursday's NBA Draft, while the other is said to be in 2021.

But he wore out his welcome after one season and was dealt to Charlotte. The deal will save the Nets $17 million in 2019-20, allowing them to create two max salary slots. 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.

Mozgov's numbers pale in comparison to Howard's.

Howard will be 33 in December and is set to play for his fourth team in four seasons. By contrast, Howard has averaged 17.4 points, 12.7 rebound and two blocks per game since joining the league in 2004. The 32-year-old had averaged 13.5 points per game with the Atlanta Hawks last season and 13.7 with the Houston Rockets the year before that.

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