Brendan Haywood: Hornets' locker room 'hated' Howard
And like last year, Howard's teammates are apparently happy to see him go.
"When I talk to people behind the scenes, the locker room hated Dwight Howard," former NBA player and current ESPN broadcaster Brendan Haywood told SiriusXM NBA Radio on Wednesday. "I'm not sure Charlotte is rebuilding or if they're just trying to get Dwight Howard out of there, but it was clear the locker room did not like Dwight Howard."
The reported trade sent Timofey Mozgov and two second-round picks to Charlotte. Mozgov, who has two years and $32 million left on his deal, averaged just over four points and three rebounds per game last season. Howard, who has one year and $24 million left on his contract, averaged a double-double.
Following Howard's trade from Atlanta last year, reports surfaced that some in the Hawks' locker room were "screaming in jubilation" at the news.
The Nets will be Howard's fourth NBA team in four years. While not the force he once was, he's still averaged 14.7 points and 12.3 rebounds on nearly 60 percent shooting over the last three seasons.
"(He) has to look at this trade, look at himself in the mirror and realize, 'Why am I a guy that is averaging a double-double every year of my career, but I'm getting passed all around the league like I'm trash,'" Haywood added.