Howard Wraps Up Team Meetings, Mulls Decision

Dwight Howard has finished meeting with the five teams that have expressed realistic interest in him — the Rockets, Mavericks, Hawks, Warriors and last and maybe least, the Lakers — meaning a decision of where he’ll sign should come somewhat soon.

(One report said it would happen by July 10.)

The Lakers released a statement following the conclusion of their meeting with Howard, with general Mitch Kupchak expressing what seems like guarded optimism.

“Jim Buss, Mike D’Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Harris and I, along with representatives from our partners at Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG, met this afternoon for approximately two hours with Dwight Howard and his representatives Dan Fegan and Happy Walters. At the meeting, we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community, and why we feel this is the best place for him to continue his career. We are hopeful that Dwight decides to remain a Laker.”

Source: Royce Young, CBS Sports