The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Bobcats, source tell ESPN's The Undefeated.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 21, 2017
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical fills in the details:
Sources: Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli and 41st pick to Atlanta for Dwight Howard and 31st pick.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 21, 2017
The Hawks signed Howard to a three-year, $70 million contract in the summer of 2016. The 31-year-old center averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game for them this season. Howard will join a Hornets lineup that includes Kemba Walker and former Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum.
Plumlee is 28 years of age and played only 10.8 minutes per game for the Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks last season. For his career he’s averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game over five seasons.
Marco Belinelli is a 31-year-old guard with 10 seasons of experience, notable mostly for his 37.7% shooting clip from the three-point arc.
(This trade was so surprising that it apparently caused both people who broke the news to commit typographical errors. Spears forgot the Bobcats were now the Hornets and Wojnarowski misspelled Belinelli’s name. Welcome to 2017 NBA Draft Week.)
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