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


Howard had his best season offensively in a while in Charlotte, as he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

This marks the second straight season in which a team was determined to give Howard away for pennies on the dollar, just to get him out of its locker room.

The Brooklyn Nets have been a disaster in recent seasons, thanks to a 2013 trade in which the Nets mortgaged their future by sending a slew of future draft picks to Boston for a pair of Celtics stars on the down-slopes of their careers, killing their cap space and draft prospects.

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Mozgov, who had recently criticized the coaching staff for the Nets, signed a massive deal with Los Angeles when Mitch Kupchak was the team's general manager in 2016. He is due to make $23.8 million this season, the final year of his contract.

Mozgov has two years, $32.7 million left on his contract.

He's not the player who won three straight Defensive Player of the Year awards from 2008-11. It's no surprise to see that he did not want Howard on his team this time around. So he might not be interested in taking on a reduced role. The deal cannot be made official until the league lifts its moratorium on July 6.

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One of those Nets picks is the 45th overall selection in Thursday's NBA Draft, while the other is said to be in 2021.

Getting that, along with a path to two max salary slots in 2019-20 in exchange for getting rid of a grumbling Timofey Mozgov?

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