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Dwight Howard asks Twitter followers about NBA trades. Then he’s traded to Hornets.

The Atlanta Hawks traded center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday night for Marco Belinelli and Miles Plumlee. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Atlanta Hawks traded center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday night for Marco Belinelli and Miles Plumlee. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) AP

News broke late Tuesday that Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard was being traded to the Charlotte Hornets. And while the trade brought intrigue to Hornets fans, it also ignited some mocking of Howard on social media.

The move occurred just minutes after the All Star attempted a Twitter Q&A with his followers about their speculations of possible trades ahead of Thursday’s NBA draft.

“Ok Twitter Fans ,, give me your thoughts , trades or otherwise & Remember 2B-Nice,” Howard tweeted to his 6.93 million followers.

Within minutes after the tweet, reports that Howard was on the move to Charlotte broke on social media. The trade touched off a round of reaction to the now viral tweet. People speculated the center had impeccable, yet unfortunate, timing and was blindsided by the trade.

However, it turns out Howard’s tweet might not even have been the most foreshadowing of the day. In a day filled with other NBA storylines, the social media accounts for the Hawks and Hornets had actually discussed trades in a Twitter exchange earlier in the day. The Hawks joked online that they’d trade a tweet to the Hornets for an unprotected future tweet.

The conversation between the two accounts didn’t go unnoticed when Howard was eventually traded, as people thought the exchange was more than just coincidental fun on Twitter, but a sign that the move was imminent.

Maybe Howard, who already has his Twitter profile picture changed to the Hornet’s team’s logo, just had killer intuition.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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