Dwight Howard was traded from his hometown Atlanta Hawks to the Charlotte Hornets in a shocking deal on Tuesday night. His sister isn't happy.
After just one year with the Hawks, the former All-NBA center was dealt, along with the No. 31 pick, for Marco Bellinelli, Miles Plumlee, and the No. 41 pick.
Atlanta appears to be entering a rebuild, and Howard is owed about $23 million each of the next two seasons. Dumping that salary makes sense.
However, Howard's sister Tashanda is not amused. She went on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, and put the franchise, and city, on blast.
From The Charlotte Observer:
“I hear how people talk and the things they say, and I just don’t think that Atlanta is a loyal city. I really don’t,” Tashanda Howard said Tuesday night.
“I hate to hear all the negative calls talking about my brother and the things that have been going on with the Hawks.”
She discussed the rebuilding effort, and says she understands the direction the franchise is going in, but believes that her brother was not a necessary move, and it may hurt the team's ability to sign big free agents in the future.
“He was one of the first big free agents to come here, and I think a lot of the free agents are going to look at that and see how they do their free-agency and they are not going to want to come to this city,” Howard’s sister continued.
“I understand the rebuilding process, but I don’t think that was the best move,” Howard’s sister said of the trade. “There were some other players that were making some pretty decent money that they could have looked at trading before Dwight.
“I don’t like the decision, I don’t like the way people are talking. Dwight Howard wasn’t a problem with the Hawks this season.”
Howard averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds for the Hawks this season, so he definitely has something to offer to NBA teams. We'll see if he can bounce back a bit in Charlotte.