The Charlotte Hornets agreed to trade eight-time NBA All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
The Hornets will get the Nets' second-round pick Thursday (45th overall) and a second-round pick in 2021, the person said. The league cannot approve the deal until July 6.
Howard, 32, played only one season for Charlotte, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He is due to make $23.8 million this season, the final year of his contract, and Brooklyn will be his fourth team in as many seasons.
The move lets the Hornets unload Howard's contract and save about $7 million under this year's salary cap, but Mozgov has two years left on his current deal at $16 million per year.
Phil Mickelson apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him.
"I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down," Mickelson said in a statement. "My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend. I'm embarrassed and disappointed by my actions. It was clearly not my finest moment and I'm sorry."
• Hall of Fame golfer Hubert Green, who won a U.S. Open playing portions of the final round despite a threat against his life, died at age 71 after battling throat cancer. He won the 1977 U.S. Open and the 1985 PGA Championship in a career that included 19 PGA Tour victories.
AROUND THE HORN
NHL: Nashville forward Austin Watson was arrested on a charge of domestic assault involving his girlfriend over the weekend. Watson told police he and his girlfriend were having an argument and he admitted to pushing her.
NFL: Former Buffalo General Manager Doug Whaley is taking over as the NFL Players Association's director of college scouting. … The New York Giants added the title of vice president of football operations to the duties of assistant GM Kevin Abrams.
Tennis: Fifth-seeded Sam Querrey advanced to the quarterfinals at Queen's Club in London by beating Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-1. … Yuichi Sugita upset French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem 6-2, 7-5 at the grass-court Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.
Wrestling: Iowa All-America Sam Stoll was released from the hospital after being accidentally shot in the knee.
Obituary: John Ward, the radio voice of Tennessee football and men's basketball for over three decades died at age 88.