It’s been 6 years in the making. Dwight Howard is finally a Brooklyn Net. On Wednesday, the Charlotte Hornets agreed to send Center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in return for Center Timofey Mozgov and 2 future second round picks.
Brooklyn, and Howard, first showed tremendous interest in each other 6 years ago when Brooklyn was ready to give up Brook Lopez, and as many as 2 first round picks for Dwight Howard. Obviously, as time has hit Howard the haul is a lot less for the Hornets, but this was still a steal for Brooklyn.
Howard averaged over 16 points and 12 rebounds per game. To acquire Howard, the Nets gave up an awful contract in Timofey Mozgov and 2 second rounders, which let’s be honest, are nearly useless in today’s NBA draft. I think this was a huge win for the Nets. The Nets have been after Dwight Howard for as many as 6 years, and this time didn’t give up much for a player who can still get it with the best of them.
The Dwight Howard deal comes exactly a year after the Nets traded Brook Lopez to acquire D’Angelo Russell. The two can make a pretty dynamic duo. Also, Howard can teach a lot to Brooklyn’s young center Jarrett Allen who had a hell of a rookie year and is just 19 years old.
However, the biggest part of this move for the Nets was the cap situation. Howard is owed $23.8 million this season on his expiring contract. The move saves Brooklyn about $17 million after this season, making room for the team to sign two max contract players in 2019 free agency.
Sean Marks knows what he’s doing, Nets fans. Another smart, calculated move, as the Brooklyn Nets are finally coming out of the deep abisce they dug themselves into after trading multiple first rounders (Jayson Taytum, Jaylen Brown, and Cavs pick in 2018 draft) to the Celtics just a few years ago. Brooklyn is on the right path.