He may very well be the greatest basketball player to ever live, but Michael Jordan has proven to be one paltry executive.
This was showcased with a recent trade that's sending future Hall of Fame center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov and two second-round picks in 2018 and 2021, respectively.
Unless I'm missing something, Charlotte took on an extra year of Moz salary (19-20) and two seconds to maybe make sure they duck the tax in 18-19? (Nets have a bunch of extra 2nds). Absolutely brutal. Great deal for the Nets. https://t.co/anvtsRGR8F— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 20, 2018
Not only is this trade brutal for the Charlotte Hornets, it's a little puzzling - why trade a starter averaging double-double figures in 81 games for a bench player that averages 4.2 points per game in only 31, with a couple of second rounders as a handout?
Mozgov, who is owed more than $32 million over the course of the next two years, is an even larger financial burden than Howard, who's owed almost $24 million over one year.
And if you look past the financial implications of these two players alone, you can see that this deal even benefits other current and possible future Nets as well. Brooklyn can now sign not one, but two different players to max contracts.
Heck, it could very well be a starting point for a potential super team.
*sitting at a meeting at work when I saw the woj bomb*— Bring Back The Buzz (@BringBackTheBuz) June 20, 2018
Thanks Hornets pic.twitter.com/9M7Pt8uoa7
Let's not forget the main perpetrator behind this mess: His Airness, Michael Jordan. In the eight full seasons since he became the team's majority owner, the Hornets have gone 258-382. Other than drafting Kemba Walker in 2011, Jordan has not made a single move to truly elevate the franchise towards consistent winning during his ownership tenure.
MJ's latest move is proving to everyone that his legacy as a player cannot be matched by anyone, including himself in the basketball operations world.