It appears the next step of the rebuild is taking shape and general manager Sean Marks has maneuvered Brooklyn back to relevance that much more quickly.
The Brooklyn Nets are the latest team to acquire the services of center Dwight Howard.
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).
Mozgov has two years left on his contract at $16 million per season.
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Mozgov, 31, averaged 4.2 points per game and 3.2 rebounds in 31 games for the Nets last season.
He's not the player who won three straight Defensive Player of the Year awards from 2008-11. The only other National Basketball Association player in history to accomplish that feat?
That said, his performance in Charlotte shows he's still productive and the Nets have options for 2018-19. From 2004-2014, Howard was named to the All-NBA Team eight consecutive times. With one year remaining on the 2-time All-Star's contract, there stands reason to believe the Hornets will shop Walker this summer in an effort to jumpstart their rebuild. So he might not be interested in taking on a reduced role. He will make $23.8 million next season before becoming a free agent. There would be no need to stretch the buyout (nor would that be wise with Deron Williams still showing up on the cap list for the next two years at nearly $5.5 million per annum).
The 32-year-old Howard played only one season for Charlotte, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. "I'm not sure if Charlotte is rebuilding or if they're just trying to get Dwight Howard out of there, but it was clear the locker room did not like Dwight Howard". The deal cannot be made official until the league lifts its moratorium on July 6.
With the trade, the Hornets have opened up two max-salary slots for 2019 offseason.