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Hawks, Hornets make massive trade over Twitter (before actually trading Dwight Howard)

Atlanta Hawks' Dwight Howard in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Atlanta Hawks' Dwight Howard in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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The Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets made a massive trade deal over Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

And then they made an actual trade with NBA players.

The Hawks, who made the playoffs in the 2016-17 season, responded to fans in a tweet, suggesting that they’ve received a number of trade suggestions from fans.

The Hornets felt the same.

So, the teams started talking trades … of social media posts.

The Los Angeles Clippers jumped in on the action, using ESPN’s NBA Trade machine to make suggestions.

The stakes only went up from there.

And then, suddenly, the deal was done.

Less than six hours later, Hawks center Dwight Howard tweeted for his fans to give their thoughts on trades, according to USA Today.

Five minutes later, NBA reporters went wild with official news that Howard had been traded from the Hawks to the Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli and the 41st pick.

"It is extremely important for our organization that we maintain our flexibility, and this trade helps us achieve that critical goal," Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said in a statement, according to ESPN. "We appreciate the contributions that Dwight made on the court and in the greater Atlanta community this past season."

Hornets GM Rich Cho said his team is excited to add Howard.

"He has been a very talented player, an elite rebounder and rim protector as well as a physical presence since the moment he entered the league," Cho said in a statement, ESPN reported.