Dwight Howard headed from Charlotte Hornets to Brooklyn Nets

Nets trading for Dwight Howard in NBA stunner

Nets trading for Dwight Howard in NBA stunner

For a Brooklyn team in a big market that fancies itself as a competitor for marquee free.

The Nets will be the fifth team that Howard has played for in his career.

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

The 7-foot-1 Mozgov has not played a full 82-game season since 2013 and has averaged in double figures only once during his eight-year National Basketball Association career. The Atlanta Hawks did the same thing last summer when they sent Howard to Charlotte for Marco Belinelli and Mason Plumlee.

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).

It appears Howard - a surefire Hall of Famer - has worn out his welcome in another locker room. He started his career with the Orlando Magic, then joined the L.A. Lakers, then the Houston Rockets. Charlotte will also receive draft and cash assets.

Howard is signed for one more year at $23.8 million, which means Brooklyn will cut into the roughly $17 million in cap space it had heading into 2018-19, as Mozgov's contract for next season was for $16 million, adding $7.8 million to the Nets' books. The deal will save the Nets $17 million in 2019-20, allowing them to create two max salary slots. Howard could even be bought out by the Nets, though that has not been publicly broached to this point. Both the player and the team, though, are in far different places.

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