Atlanta Hawks to trade Dwight Howard to Charlotte Hornets


The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets, a source tells The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.

Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Atlanta for Howard and the 31st pick, the source said.

Howard signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with his hometown Hawks in July but had a disappointing homecoming. He averaged 13.5 points — his lowest average since his rookie season with the Orlando Magic in 2004-05 — and 12.7 rebounds per game in his lone season in Atlanta. And he sat out the fourth quarter in two of six playoff games in the Hawks’ first-round loss to the Washington Wizards.

This is the first trade made by new Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk.

It will save the Hawks salary-cap space and signals that the franchise will look to rebuild.

About five minutes before news of the agreed-upon trade broke, Howard tweeted:

Howard, 31, returned to his hometown after three seasons in Houston, where he battled injuries and wasn’t the force he was earlier in his career with the Magic before his one-season stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In Charlotte, he will be playing for his third team in three seasons.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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