Dwight Howard is on his way to the Charlotte Hornets after one year with his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks.
Sources: Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli and 41st pick to Atlanta for Dwight Howard and 31st pick.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 21, 2017
Howard had a disappointing ending to his tenure in Atlanta — struggling to find minutes during the postseason. He sat out in two fourth quarters in the first round series against the Washington Wizards, and made it known that he wasn’t happy about it. Despite the sour ending, Howard took to Twitter to show express his gratitude for the city of Atlanta.
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) June 21, 2017
Howard will look to rejuvenate his career yet again after failing to do so at his last three stops. His points-per-game average has dropped every year since 2012, and it’s clear that he’s at the back end of his career — But he might be just what the doctor ordered in Charlotte. Steve Clifford is a defensive minded coach that will maximize whatever is left in the tank for Howard. Expect him to get many more post touches because of the lack of offensive talent that Charlotte currently possesses. This upcoming season might be the best of Dwight Howard we have seen in quite some time.
Atlanta is also looking at sign-and-trade options for free-agent forward Paul Millsap, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 21, 2017
The Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, and Sacramento Kings have all expressed interest in the four time All-Star. Atlanta is unwilling to give Millsap the max. Getting something in return for Millsap as opposed to just letting him walk is definitely the best option at this point.
Atlanta has made the postseason for ten straight years. On its face, that is a great accomplishment, but being stuck in the middle of the pack is the worst place to be in the NBA. Atlanta has only gotten to the Eastern Conference Finals one time in the past ten years, and was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It is clear after trading Dwight Howard, and appearing to move on from Millsap, that they are trying to reset. Do not be shocked if we do not see Atlanta in the postseason this year. Hawks fans have a long season ahead of them.