Dwight Howard expected to enter free agency

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The Charlotte Hornets traded Howard to the Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, two second-round draft picks and cash considerations.

Howard, who is reportedly is in the process of being traded to the Nets from the Charlotte Hornets, told ESPN's Chris Haynes that he has agreed with the Nets to negotiate a buyout for his $23.8 million expiring contract. Prior to this injury, the Pelicans were expected to be in line to offer him a max contract in free agency, but there is no certainty that he can return to being the player he was before this major ailment. Several contending teams are reported to have interest in Howard. "And basically, an organization that will give me a clean slate and just let me be who I am".

But Howard leaves the Hornets plagued by rumors that their locker room was "sick and tired" of him, an accusation that he disputes in the interview with Haynes.

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Meanwhile, Howard is still a highly dependable player are coming off a productive campaign where he averaged a double-double with 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds along with 1.6 blocks in 81 games played.

"I was just really in total shock because I wasn't expecting it to happen", Howard said. "This season I made the most jump shots that I've made my whole career". While his skill set has been in decline over the last few year, Howard bounced back and had one of his best seasons in 2017-18 where he averaged almost 17 points, 13 rebounds and one block in 81 games. "For one, this is the healthiest I've been and two, my stats this season has been one of the best since I've been in the National Basketball Association". My [isolation] numbers are very high.