Brooklyn Nets have finalized a contract buyout with center Dwight Howard, clearing the way for him to sign a two-year, $11 million free-agent deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources told ESPN.
The deal with the Wizards will include a player option, sources said.
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The Nets and Howard weren't allowed to finalize a buyout until the end of the NBA's signing moratorium Friday. Howard's $23.8 million salary will need to go unclaimed through waivers before he can sign with the Wizards.
Brooklyn acquired Howard in a draft-day trade with the
Charlotte Hornets for Timofey Mozgov and the 45th pick in June's NBA draft.
The Nets will save nearly $17 million on the trade in the 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max-salary slots for free agency next summer.
Howard, 32, an eight-time NBA All-Star, is changing teams for the fourth time in nearly three years -- from the
Houston Rockets to the Atlanta Hawks to Charlotte, Brooklyn and now Washington.
The Wizards traded starting center
Marcin Gortat to the LA Clippers for Austin Rivers last month.