Nets dodging a star they would ‘f–king hate’

That didn’t last long.

Dwight Howard’s tenure as a Net — something he had pushed for multiple times since 2011 — wasn’t even official before he and the team started negotiating a buyout.

The story was first reported by ESPN, and even though a source told The Post talks had not begun as of midday Thursday, they could at any moment.

Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks in essence traded two second-round picks — No. 45 overall in Thursday’s draft and a 2021 selection — to get out of the $16.7 million the Nets were set to pay disgruntled non-factor Timofey Mozgov in 2019-20.

It’s unclear what percentage of Howard’s $23.8 million expiring contract he is going to get. But history shows buyouts often get between 60 and 70 percent of their deal. With Mozgov’s salary next season 67.7 percent of what Howard will make, it’s fair to assume the buyout would roughly equal what the Nets were going to be on the hook for anyway.

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At a charity event in Chinatown on Wednesday, an NBA player warned one Net, “You’re going to f–king hate playing with Dwight.” Looks like they needn’t have worried.

There are a number of key factors to consider.

First, Brooklyn still gets out from under Mozgov’s final season, giving it $60 million to $70 million in 2019 cap space and enough room for two max free agents in a class that could include unrestricted free agents LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Tobias Harris and Harrison Barnes and restricted free agents Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Malcolm Brogdon.

Second, the Howard trade — which is operating in the Phantom Zone until July 6 anyway — doesn’t take any assets off the Nets roster. They kept only $4 million in room to move up in Thursday’s draft, but could still package players (Spencer Dinwiddie, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, etc.) with picks No. 29 or 40 to move up.

Third, and possibly just as important, Brooklyn can avoid taking any risks with its much-hyped culture.

Howard is a Hall of Fame contender (the NBA’s Terrell Owens), an eight-time All-Star and only the third man (along with Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone) to average a double-double his first 14 seasons in the NBA. But he’s also now going to be on his fifth team in four years, and wears out his welcome.

“I want to be in a situation where I have an opportunity to help a team win,” Howard told ESPN. The Nets want flexibility in 2019. Howard and the Nets were at cross-purposes and were always going to be a poor fit.

Brooklyn views Jarrett Allen as the future face of the franchise and a key building block. It could ill afford having Howard’s presence (and reported petulance) stunt the growth of its 20-year-old foundation piece.

“It’s the first day: I really don’t know how any of it’s going to work out,” Allen had told News 12 on Wednesday at a Jr. NBA event. “But I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Sources told The Post that Howard was disliked in the Hornets locker room, and he has reportedly feuded with Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Dennis Schroeder and Stan Van Gundy. The Charlotte Observer reported that he couldn’t fit with Nic Batum, was a “terrible” screen setter and often didn’t run the plays called. Brooklyn couldn’t afford for that to rub off on Allen.

“Obviously our future is definitely Jarrett, so it’s on the coaches to see how that blend goes together,” Dinwiddie said. “Anytime you add talent, it’s a good thing.”

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