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What NBA trades mean for Lakers, Nets, Hawks and Hornets

The NBA offseason is already dominating the headlines of the sports world. On June 20, it was announced the Los Angeles Lakers were trading guard D’Angelo Russell and center Timothy Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for center Brook Lopez. Later in the day, it was reported that the Atlanta Hawks were trading center Dwight Howard and the 2017 No. 31 overall pick to the Charlotte Hornets for guard Marco Belenelli, center Miles Plumlee and the 2017 No. 41 overall pick.

The Lakers made the best trade out of all the participating teams. Russell is a player very similar to the projected Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball. Los Angeles is not only in the position to pick a point guard with a potentially higher ceiling than Russell, but the team also unloaded the remaining three years of Mozgov’s four-year, $64 million contract signed last summer. He made $16 million last season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds for the year. Lopez has been one of the league’s best big men since he entered the league in 2008. Last season, Lopez averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks a game for the Nets.

The Hawks made the worst trade of the day. Trading Howard makes sense, as the new team general manager Travis Schlenk said building a championship contender takes years, years Howard would’ve only wasted in the twilight of his career. However, Atlanta didn’t get much value out of a player that averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds a game last season. Swapping the No. 31 pick for No. 41 also isn’t the ideal move to make for a team trying to rebuild through the draft. The Hornets, on the other hand, acquire Howard in a low-risk move. Howard said he’s working hard this summer so his game can fit into today’s NBA and prolong his career. Charlotte isn’t a team with high expectations, and this move can push them back into the playoffs next season.



1 Comment

  1. Paytc on June 22, 2017 at 10:09 am

    When you blow the chance of playing with a healthy pre achilles injured Kobe Bryant because of your dis-respect for a legendary great player not much good is likely to follow. Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, then probably a couple more stops before retirement. Sad because had Howard been willing to play the back seat to Kobe ( followed Kobe a proven champion’s lead) without being disrespectful and immature he may have been able to build an impressive legendary career in Los Angeles, especially in time. Good luck to Charlotte having a winning season or getting into the playoffs with Dwight Howard.