NBA: Wizards targeting Dwight Howard after Nets agree to buyout

Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard (12) kisses the basketball before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C. on April 8.
(Chuck Burton / Associated Press)

The Brooklyn Nets reached a buyout agreement with veteran center Dwight Howard, who was acquired from Charlotte in a June 20 trade, according to a Washington Post report.

Howard is expected to sign with the Washington Wizards for the $5.3-million mini-midlevel exception when the trade and buyout become official after the NBA moratorium ends at 9:01 p.m. PDT Friday.


Utah locked up 22-year-old restricted free-agent guard Dante Exum with a three-year extension worth around $33 million, the Associated Press reported. ...


Michael Porter Jr., the 14th overall pick in this year’s draft, signed a rookie contract with Denver. ...

The Nuggets traded forward Wilson Chandler and a future second-round draft pick to Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. ...

Chicago signed 2018 draft picks Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison. ...

In other moves reported by the AP: Guard Tyreke Evans agreed to a one-year, $12-million deal with Indiana. ...


Veteran forward Jeff Green is leaving Cleveland and agreed to a one-year, $2.5-million deal with Washington. ...

Forward Kevon Looney will re-sign with Golden State on a one-year, minimum-salary contract. ...

Guard Michael Carter-Williams agreed to a one-year, $1.745 million contract with Houston.


Win streak snapped by unlikely foe

The 1-16 Indiana Fever snapped the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx’s seven-game winning streak, 71-59. The Fever won their first regular-season game at the Target Center since 2011. ...


The Seattle Storm won 77-62 at New York to move into a tie with Phoenix atop the WNBA.


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