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Hawks trade Howard to Hornets for Plumlee and Belinelli

Hawks trade Howard to Hornets for Plumlee and Belinelli
Veteran center Dwight Howard ended his short stay with the Atlanta Hawks, his hometown team, after last night he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for fellow number five Miles Plumlee and Italian guard Marco Belinelli.
The Hawks also give the Michael Jordan-owned team the selection rights to No. 31 from the second round of tomorrow’s college drawing, Thursday, and receive No. 41 from Charlotte.
Howard, 31, signed a $ 70.5 million contract with the Hawks last season, but was unable to adapt to the team’s game or make the expected impact with his presence after leaving the Houston Rockets. where he stayed three leagues.
The veteran center ended the regular season with averages of 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds, but he was not happy when the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs against the Washington Wizards.
Howard, who finished the playoffs with averages of eight points and 10.7 rebounds, spent the fourth periods of two games sitting on the bench and complained that he had not made the team to be a substitute in the decisive moments of the games. in direct criticism of Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.
Howard’s departure will allow new Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk to have more salary space and get continuity from power forward Paul Millsap, who will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Hawks will not have to pay Howard the $ 47 million they would have to pay him for the two remaining seasons on his contract.
While they will have to assume the 36.5 million dollars that the Hornets owe Plumlee, 28, for three seasons of his current contract and the 6.6 that they must pay Belinelli for the 2017-18 that has signed.
Howard, who has gone from being one of the league’s most dominant centers to a globetrotter since leaving the Orlando Magic for the Los Angeles Lakers and then joining the Rockets and Hawks, will meet coach Steve Clifford again. , the Hornets’ chief technical officer.
Clifford already managed Howard when he was assistant to Stan Van Gundy with the Magic and later with Mike D’Antoni, in the Lakers.
While Jordan finally gets the star he wanted to have for his team and is confident that Howard can regain his best level of play.
Along with Howard, the team’s great star will be point guard Kemba Walker and the Hornets also hope that French forward Nicolas Batum, who last season signed a $ 120 million, five-year contract, the most expensive in team history, also regain the best performance. EFE
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