The Charlotte Hornets are reportedly in the process of trading center Dwight Howard to the New Jersey Nets.
Dwight Howard was once labeled as “the next Shaq.” Some say Howard had the talent to be a major force in the league. Things never seemed to work out that way for the all-star. After asking to be traded from Orlando, the team that drafted him, Howard basically became a journeyman. Spending a few seasons alongside Kobe in LA. With short stays in Atlanta and Houston, before landing with the team that’s trying to get up off of Howard’s hefty contract now, Charlotte. Dwight Howard came with plenty of hype wherever he went, but always turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment when fans got to see what they had. The hit on Dwight Howard has consistently been “he’s lazy” and “he lacks passion and heart.” I don’t believe any of that is true. I believe that the bar was simply set too high for Dwight Howard from the very beginning. People wanted him to be “the next Shaq” when he should’ve been allowed to be “the first Dwight Howard.” The media are the ones who made him out to be a bust. Either way, I don’t believe Howard is going to the Nets to revive his career. No, I feel that Brooklyn is the place Dwight Howard’s NBA career will officially die.
ESPN’S Adrian Wajnarowski (@wojespn) broke the news of the trade this morning. Charlotte will send Howard to the Nets and receive Center Timothy Mozgov, two future second round picks, and an undiscosed amount of cash in return. Howard has $23.8 million left on an expiring contract in Charlotte. The Nets will make the 4th team the 32-year old will have played for in the last three years. The trade can’t be completed, and won’t become official until after July 6th.