Hawks, Hornets Twitter accounts held mock trade hours before Howard trade

A few hours before the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets’ trade was announced, the teams’ Twitter accounts engaged in a mock trade.

On Tuesday evening, news broke that the Hawks traded veteran center Dwight Howard and the 31st overall pick in Thursday's 2017 NBA Draft for Hornets' Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st overall pick in the 2017 Draft.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Hawks responded to fans suggestions on who Atlanta should trade. The Hornets responded with a “bruh. same,” then engaged in a mock trade with the ESPN trade machine.

Here’s the thread:

The Los Angeles Clippers even got in on the action.

🤝— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 20, 2017
🙌 Great doing business with you fellas. Looking forward to seeing how this pans out over time.— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 20, 2017
🤔— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 20, 2017
😜— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 20, 2017

The Hornets officially welcomed Howard on Twitter later in the evening.

In his season with the Hawks, Howard averaged 13.5 points per game, 12. 7 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game.

🙌 OFFICIAL 🙌 Welcome to #BuzzCity @DwightHoward!

Press Release: https://t.co/L2fcv1ZZGH pic.twitter.com/MotCVkY7Nl— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 21, 2017