Dwight Howard will finally become a Brooklyn Net after wanting to join the organization several years ago when he was at the end of his tenure with the Orlando Magic.
However, he ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers under former Lakers’ and current Hornets’ president of ops and gm Mitch Kupchak. I do feel Kupchak does not want to deal with Howard after the breaking point that was breached in Los Angeles.
Furthermore, the Nets will send center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round picks, plus cash considerations to the Hornets for center Dwight Howard.
Now, this move will give the Nets a productive center and salary relieve in the future.
Howard had a solid season that showed glimpses of the young Dwight Howard that wowed all of us. The 32-year old veteran averaged 16.6 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 1.6 BPG in 81 games.
In addition, after this upcoming season, the Nets could let Howard, Jeremy Lin, and DeMarre Carroll walk as their contracts are up. This will allow the Nets to have a frenzy in the 2019 off-season by potentially signing two players to max deals.
The 2019 free agency class is headlined by restricted free agents Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, and Kristaps Porzingis. The unrestricted free agents are headlined by Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker. Lastly, the players with options on their deals look amazing with the possibility of Kyrie Irving, Hassan Whiteside, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and Kevin Love.
Back to the trade, Mozgov reunited with Kupchak as he was the man to sign the center to that lucrative deal in Los Angeles.
Finally, expect the Nets to be a good enough team in the Eastern Conference to make the playoffs.
Note: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the trade with Yahoo Sports’ reporter Shams Charania providing the picks and cash consideration in the deal.