Don't sleep on Danny Ainge signing Dwight Howard

Tanya Simon
June 23, 2018

Dwight Howard isn't looking to stay with the Nets.

Just a day after it was reported that the Nets and Charlotte Hornets agreed to a trade that would send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn and Timofey Mozgov, along with two second round picks, to Charlotte, the disgruntled center is now expected to enter buyout talks with the Nets, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. This will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent in July where he could potentially join a title-contending team.

During a phone interview with ESPN, Howard said he's hoping to help a team win and wants to be given another chance to prove he's still an elite player.

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They were determined to make this a basketball decision but as one source put it, "obviously there's more to it than basketball". LiAngelo left UCLA in December of his freshman season after a shoplifting scandal during a team trip to China.

Meanwhile, former NBA player Brendan Haywood said on SiriusXM NBA Radio, "The (Hornets) locker room did not like Dwight Howard", adding, "Guys were just sick and exhausted of his act".

The eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year has averaged 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and two blocks in his 14-year career. "I thought this season was really good". Was the Nets' main goal to just acquire the 32-year-old big man or was the move focused on their 2019 future? "For one, this is the healthiest I've been and two, my stats this season has been one of the best since I've been in the National Basketball Association". They would have to be very creative with trades around the draft or find a way to rid themselves of a few contracts in order to make room to sign him, which seems highly unlikely. "I still can jump, I still can play, I still can contribute and I can contribute in any system".

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