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Dwight Howard Trade

Dwight Howard joining a new team is an annual occurrence.

June 20, 2018 - 1:14 pm

Breaking news from the NBA. The story broke just a couple of hours ago, a 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, 8-time All-Star, and 5-time first-team All-NBA player has been traded. Holy crap. That is huge. The list of guys who have that resume is tiny, so some team just got a lot better. And the balance of power in the NBA just got tilted big time. Clearly, someone is loading up for a run at the Warriors in the West or the Celtics in the East. ….oh, wait, the guy who was traded was Dwight Howard. 

Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the news and it is a brutal statement. Here’s the first sentence: “Charlotte is finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov, league sources tell ESPN.” 

So that’s what it’s come to – Dwight Howard being traded for Timofey Mozgov. That is a kick in the junk for DH12 or whatever number he’s wearing these days. But maybe he balls out and can become the face of the franchise in Brooklyn. Maybe they are buying low on him and feeling like they can turn it around. 

Nope. Because as bad as the first sentence was, the second sentence of the tweet was even more punishing to Howard’s reputation: “Nets will save $17M on deal in 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots.”

The Nets aren’t bringing in Dwight because they love his game, they’re bringing him in because they love his expiring contract. They aren’t looking to build around him, they’re looking to build around someone else and he’s disposable. 

But you know how twitter is. That character limit can sometimes give you the wrong impression. Because when you drill down, you realize that it’s not like Charlotte only got a backup center who only played in 31 games in exchange for Dwight Howard. They actually got two second round draft picks and some cash as well. 

Actually, knowing that they also got a pair of second round picks and money somehow makes it even more insulting. There was a time where trading Dwight Howard would net you a fortune in return. Now it gets you Timofey Mozgov, a couple second rounder’s, and some cash.  

There was a time when Dwight Howard was the premier center in the NBA. He had stashes of Skittles, Starbursts, Twizzlers, and Reese’s Pieces all over his house, his car, and in his backpack. And still looked like he was carved from granite. It was one of the most incredible things ever. 

There was a time when he ate the equivalent of 24 candy bars per day and still put up huge numbers. There was a time when he was a Hall of Famer, and honestly, if you took his name off the top of that resume, he still would be. An absolute game-changing big. 3-time Defensive Player of the Year. Named to an all-league team 14 times. A slam dunk champion, which shows you just how athletic he was.  

There was a time when Dwight Howard being traded would’ve sent shockwaves through the NBA. 

Now, Dwight Howard joining a new team is an annual occurrence. Literally. Because he was traded from Atlanta to Charlotte on June 20th last year and on the anniversary of that epic deal, he’s being traded again. I hope he’s only going with 12 month leases. Better yet, he should just go month to month. 

Because my guy will be playing for his fourth team in four years. And if his mission is to play for every team in the league, he’s getting close. 

Since 2016, he’s played for Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, and now Brooklyn. His collection of jerseys and nametags is getting to be pretty extensive. He’s gone from being a franchise player to being an every-franchise-player. 

And the thing is, he’s coming off a pretty good season. He averaged nearly 17 and 13 and played 81 games. It’s not like he’s broken down and old. He’s 32. He’s putting up numbers, but he just got traded for Timofey Mozgov. And before that, he was traded for Marco Belinelli and a Plumlee.  

Which says a hell of a lot about Dwight Howard. Teams used to fall all over themselves to get Dwight Howard, now they’re falling all over themselves to get rid of him. And he hasn’t changed at all. He keeps getting dealt and it’s always someone else’s fault, when the common denominator in all these locker rooms is him.

How unpleasant do you have to be for one team after another to give up on you as quickly as they are? Well, according to Brendan Haywood, pretty damn unpleasant. He told SiriusXM this morning that "The (Hornets) locker room did not like Dwight Howard. Guys were just sick and tired of his act."

Sick and tired of his act? He just got there. I mean, shouldn’t it take a couple of years before guys get tired of your act? Not if you’re Dwight Howard. Because he’s torching locker rooms at a record pace. He can do in months what most guys need years to do. Roll right in, piss off teammates, and then get dealt. 

Got to Houston to partner with James Harden. Gone. 

Go back home to Atlanta. Gone.

Go to Charlotte and put up numbers. Gone.

Go to Brooklyn. And, well, you can see the pattern. 

Eat. Sleep. Destroy. Repeat. Meet you back here on June 20th 2019 when he’s put out on the curb for recycling.