Charlotte Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets

Dwight Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season.
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The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly acquired former All-Star center Dwight Howard in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania. The news was also confirmed by Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

A source told Shelburne that the Lakers felt a sense of urgency this week to find a co-star to play alongside James, either through free agency with George or through a trade for Leonard. Johnson went to one of James’ houses in Los Angeles late Saturday night and met with him for several hours, sources told Shelburne. However, when Johnson spoke to James and James’ camp at the opening of free agency, James assured the Lakers that this was a long-term play for him and his decision wouldn’t be affected by a single transaction the Lakers could make under time pressure.

James made it clear that this latest NBA-altering decision would be made with his family in mind. James has two homes in Los Angeles, where his off-the-court business interests can thrive.

Silver mentioned Charlotte owner and legendary NBA superstar Michael Jordan, chairman of that Labor Relations Committee, as a valuable resource in addressing owners’ and players’ competition concerns.

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The valuations of the 30 NBA franchises, of course, all have soared beyond $1 billion, according to, with the Knicks, the Lakers and the Warriors all estimated to be worth more than $3 billion.

Longtime NBA observers such as TNT’s David Aldridge wrote a column this week that argued on behalf of dominant teams, anyway, saying that they actually drive rather than depress fan interest.