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Dwight Howard will be playing for his fifth team in seven years when the 2017-18 season starts.
Howard was traded by his hometown Atlanta Hawks to the Hornets on Tuesday evening. The trade was first reported by Marc J. Spears of ESPN.
The Hawks will receive Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. The Hawks will also receive the 31st pick in the draft.
Howard still has two years left on the three-year, $70.5 million free-agent contract he signed last summer. He is owed $23.5 million in 2017-18 and $23.8 million in 2018-19.
In a bit of ironic timing, news of the trade broke on Twitter just five minutes after Howard asked people on Twitter for their thoughts on trades leading up to the draft.
Not sure I've ever seen life come at somebody faster pic.twitter.com/aIuxoLzoZj
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) June 21, 2017
Howard’s one season with the Hawks was one of his better seasons since being traded away from the Orlando Magic in 2012. The 8-time All-Star averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game during the regular season. However, his production plummeted to just 8.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game during the Hawks first-round playoff loss to the Washington Wizards.