Charlotte Hornets acquire Dwight Howard – report


Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) works against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) and center Marcin Gortat (13) in the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The pre-NBA Draft deals continue. 

In the wake of the LA Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets agreeing to a trade earlier today, the Atlanta Hawks have reportedly agreed to send Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets, Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated first reported.

The exchange, which is not yet official, sees the Hawks sending Howard and the 31st pick to the Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick. 

Howard signed with the Hawks last offseason, but his playing time decreased throughout the season, culminating with his complaining about not figuring in the fourth period during the postseason. 

It’ll be Howard’s third team in as many seasons. 

The Hornets acquired Plumlee, who came from the Milwaukee Bucks, last February for Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert. Belinelli was dealt to Charlotte by the Sacramento Kings in July 2016. 

Steve Clifford, the current Hornets coach, actually coached Howard in the past, as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic and the LA Lakers. 

Last season, Howard averaged 13.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in a career-low 29.7 minutes with the Hawks. 

Plumlee normed 2.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13 games with the Hornets, while Belinelli put up 10.5 markers, shooting 36.0 percent from deep. 

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