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Brooklyn Nets

Report: Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Nets

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Dwight Howard (Getty Images)

Trade season has begun. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets have traded eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard to the Nets for backup center Timofey Mozgov.

Two second-round picks and cash considerations will also be included in the deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Howard is owed more money than Mozgov next season, but he will be a free agent following the 2018-19 season, a year before Mozgov's current contract expires. The trade could open up as much as $60 million in cap space for Brooklyn next offseason.

For the Hornets, the trade helps them avoid the luxury tax next season.

Howard is coming off the most productive season since he was last named an All-Star. In 81 games with the Hornets, the big man averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest.

Mozgov appeared in 31 games with the Nets - starting in 13 of them - and averaged 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game.

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