The Nets will save almost $17 million on the trade in the 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots for 2019 free agency.
Last season with the Hornets Howard averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, which are his best numbers since his All-Star season as a member of the Houston Rockets in 2013-14.More news: How Smackdown superstar Big Cass got fired after Money in the Bank
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This hasn't been the first time teams have complained about Howard, as even the Atlanta Hawks had reportedly developed animosity for him over the course of one season, which seems consistent with the mood in Charlotte. Howard has a $23.8 million expiring contract.
Last season, he ranked third in the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game (12.5) fourth in double-doubles (53), ninth in blocks (1.6) and 11th in field-goal percentage (55.5 percent).
Brooklyn obviously won't be a contender next season, but Howard still could give the club some positive momentum entering next offseason, where it will have the opportunity to sign two max-level free agents.