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Dwight Howard Traded To Brooklyn Nets

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Dwight Howard is headed to the Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks.

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The Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets have officially kicked off the NBA offseason by completing a trade that sends Dwight Howard to his fourth team in four years. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports detailed the trade Wednesday morning:

By sending Mozgov to the Hornets, the Nets will open up a significant amount of cap space next summer. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski detailed the salary cap implications of the trade in the aftermath of the move:

Howard averaged 16.6 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game in 81 starts for Charlotte last year. The 2013-14 season marks the last time the 32-year-old center made an appearance at the NBA All-Star Game.

While the deal looks unusual, the Hornets were likely trying to avoid the luxury tax on a team that hasn’t been a serious contender.