According to ESPN, Dwight Howard and the Brooklyn Nets are negotiating a buyout that will allow Howard to become a free agent.
The 32-year-old Howard was traded to the Nets on Wednesday for Timofey Mozgov and two second-round picks.
Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for the Hornets last season.
Should be interesting to see what the market might be for Howard, who according to reports, was not very liked by his teammates in Charlotte.
Hornets C Dwight Howard was fined 35k by the NBA, for an obscene gesture.
Here is a statement from the NBA:
Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard has been fined $35,000 for making an obscene gesture on the playing court, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 4:25 remaining in the 2nd quarter of the Hornets’ 100-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, Nov. 24 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dwight Howard went home to Atlanta last year after signing a three-year, $70.5 million deal, but after one season with the Hawks, the team wanted to go in a different direction. Howard, who was traded by the Hawks to the Hornets last week, will have an opportunity to be reunited with Hornets head coach Steve Clifford. As an assistant coach with the Magic and Lakers, Clifford worked with Howard for six seasons.
The Hornets introduced Howard today. The 31-year-old center will get another chance to prove the doubters wrong. Howard feels Charlotte is a great opportunity, and feels he has a lot left in the tank.
“I think I’m a lot healthier than I’ve been in the past five years. I think this is gonna be my best time,” Howard said.
“A lot of people always talk about the past, but I think I’m a lot wiser now, stronger, mentally and physically. I’m in the right place. Great coach, great GM, and the GOAT (Michael Jordan), so I think this is the perfect opportunity.”
Howard is not the same guy that Clifford coached in Orlando, but he still can be an effective player in the right situation. Howard is familiar with Steve Clifford, and averaged a double-double last season in Atlanta. Clifford told reporters last week that he believes Howard can still play at a high level. Plus, the Hornets really did not give up much up to get Howard. Charlotte reportedly wanted Howard last year before he signed with Atlanta.
This move is worth the risk for Jordan and the Hornets.
According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, the Hawks trade Dwight Howard and 31st pick in 2017 draft to Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick in 2017 draft.
Howard, 31, is on the move again. Maybe the Hornets will be a great fit for him. Ironically enough, shortly before the trade was reported, Howard was doing a Q & A on Twitter about NBA trades. Talk about perfect timing!
Last summer, Hawks C Dwight Howard said he was reluctant to shoot jump shots during games because he was afraid to miss. However, this summer, it’s a whole different story. Howard told ESPN’s “The Jump” that he is looking to add a three-point shot to his repertoire.
Here is what Howard had to say:
LeBron James went home, and won a championship in Cleveland. Dwight Howard went home, and the Hawks went out in the first-round.
“I didn’t come back here just to come back home. I came here to win,” Howard told reporters. Also, Howard was not happy with his role in Atlanta.
“I want to play. I want to be out on the floor. I want to make a difference. I want to make an impact, and I can’t do that on the bench.” Howard told reporters.
The 31-year-old Howard averaged only 8 ppg in the playoffs, and was not much a factor against the Wizards.
Howard signed a 3-year, 70.5 million dollar deal with the Hawks last summer. Atlanta might be stuck with him, so I guess they will have to make it work!