Howard's just a piece of the puzzle, no longer a centerpiece.
Howard would appear to be a unusual fit for the Nets, given Brooklyn has young center Jarrett Allen.
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Howard's decision to stay in Orlando marked the beginning of the vagabond stage of his career.
An eight-time All-Star and former No. 1 overall pick is about to join his fourth team in three years. He has also suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. The Lakers signed the veteran Mozgov in the summer of 2016, but he struggled to fit him into their system in the 2016-17 season, leading to his trade to Brooklyn. He had two years and $33.7 million left on what is considered one of the worst contracts in basketball.
However - and this is an enormous "however - the Nets clear the final $16.72 million of Mozgov's deal from their 2019-20 cap and, per Wojnarowski's report, free up enough cap room for that season to open up not one, but two, max salary slots". Howard could even be bought out by the Nets, though that has not been publicly broached to this point.
The 32-year-old Howard, who played better in his lone season with the Hornets than he had over the last several years, will make $23.8 million next season on an expiring contract. Both the player and the team, though, are in far different places.