Howard and the 31st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft will be traded to the Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Howard has two years left on a three-year, $70.5 million deal, so it appears the Hawks didn't like the return they were getting from him and will instead dump his salary off to the Hornets. With Cody Zeller still in fold in Charlotte, Howard enters a slightly more crowded rotation at the center position and it remains to be seen how those minutes will be allocated between the two. Howard should be considered the favorite to start, but the fact that Zeller is still around and Frank Kaminsky occasionally sees time at center as well, it could mean a slight decrease in minutes. In 74 games with Atlanta during the 2016-17 campaign, Howard averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1. steal and 1.6 blocks across 32.1 minutes.