How the Dwight Howard-Timofey Mozgov trade could affect the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Shortly after, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania confirmed the deal and the pieces being flipped. That was his best season in the last four years and this trade is a really big surprise.

In the deal, the Nets will send two future second-round picks, cash and center Timofey Mozgov to the Hornets for Howard. Besides Brooklyn, Mozgov has also played for the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers in his 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

Howard's most impressive game of the 2017-18 season came on March 21 (ironically enough, vs. Brooklyn), when he finished with 32 points and a career-high 30 rebounds in a comeback win against the Nets. Mozgov, on the other hand, will make $16 million next season in addition to $16.7 million the year after. Both Atlanta and Charlotte decided they needed to move on from him as soon as new general managers took over those franchises. Doing so could allow Brooklyn to have two max contract slots at their disposal next summer, giving the Nets a chance to jump into free agency in a big way during a summer in which several all-stars should be available.

The deal won't be completed until after the salary cap moratorium ends on July 6, because the Nets do need some of their expiring contracts to clear before taking on Howard's contract.

Mozgov, 31, averaged 4.2 points per game and 3.2 rebounds in 31 games for the Nets last season.

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