Reports: Hornets acquire Howard from Hawks

Ashish Mathur

The Atlanta Hawks have traded veteran center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets, according to multiple reports.

The Hornets will send Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st overall pick to Atlanta in exchange for Howard and the 31st pick.

Howard signed with his hometown Hawks during the 2016 offseason on a three-year, $70.5 million deal. His homecoming was supposed to give him new life on the court after he had played the worst basketball of his career with the Houston Rockets during the 2015-16 season.

Howard's first season with the Hawks, however, did not go smooth at all. He averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game while shooting a putrid 53 percent from the free throw line during the regular season.

The former superstar was a complete non-factor in the Hawks’ first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards. Howard produced just 8.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and found himself on the bench majority of the time.

The Hornets will be the fourth team Howard has played for since 2012.