Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Hornets' Timofey Mozgov reunited with GM who gave him massive contract

Hornets' Timofey Mozgov reunited with GM who gave him massive contract

As first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov and two second round draft picks.

Howard has a $23.8 million expiring contract, but the move will save the Nets $17 million in 2019-20, which will allow them to create two max salary slots.

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. 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.

Brooklyn will be Howard's fourth team in as many seasons. Mozgov, on the other hand, will make $16 million next season in addition to $16.7 million the year after. It's no surprise to see that he did not want Howard on his team this time around.

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The Nets will save almost $17 million on the trade in the 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots for 2019 free agency.

Mozgov, who had recently criticized the coaching staff for the Nets, signed a massive deal with Los Angeles when Mitch Kupchak was the team's general manager in 2016. He averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game, and shot 55.5 percent from the floor.

After spending three seasons with the Houston Rockets, Howard was acquired by his hometown Atlanta Hawks in 2016 as a free agent and signed a three-year contract.

The deal is complete, according to Yahoo's Shams Charania.

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