Posted June 30, 2013

Report: Kobe Bryant plans to be part of Lakers’ presentation to Dwight Howard

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Kobe Bryant reportedly will join the Lakers contingent at Dwight Howard’s final free agency meeting on Tuesday in L.A. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant plans to be a part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ presentation to Dwight Howard on Tuesday to convince the free-agent big man to remain in L.A., Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting.

The Lakers are scheduled to have the final meeting with Howard after he talks with the Rockets, Mavericks, Warriors and Hawks, according to the report.

Bryant, who has reportedly kept in touch with Howard despite their rocky relationship, has offered to join the Buss family, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and possibly coach Mike D’Antoni at the presentation.

On Sunday, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson tweeted at Howard that he expects to see him “get on board.”

From the Yahoo! Sports report:

Howard, 27, can sign a five-year, $117 million-plus contract extension to stay with the Lakers. He has been leaning toward the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports, but no one engaged in the discussions dares ruling out his staying with the Lakers.

Houston can sign Howard to a four-year, $88 million contract.

Among Howard’s comfort living in Los Angeles, his outside and marketing interests beyond basketball and the franchise’s history of rebuilding into championship contenders, the Lakers are still formidable in the process.

 Bryant is rehabilitating a torn Achilles and working to try to return for the start of the 2013-14 season. The Lakers have begun an aggressive print and billboard campaign that promises to expand between now and Howard’s decision next week.

Howard will reportedly open free agency shortly after 9:01 p.m. PST by meeting with the Rockets.

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9 comments
WayneDarby
WayneDarby

To me, it doesn't matter which team he signs with as long as it's not the Bulls. He is a spoiled, whiny player that doesn't have the drive or devotion to be great. He is a franchise's worst nightmare. Surprised the Lakers are going so hard after him. 

joel_eustaquio2015
joel_eustaquio2015

I dont see him winning a championship with the Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks. Oklahoma, San Antonio are a good team in the West. Miami is unbeatable in the East. He will not win if will not be teammates with CP3 in LA Lakers. I think he will be more good offensive player with CP3 beside him. D12 and CP3 are a good defensive players. Miami is improving thier personel every year. Soon they will have a ligitimate center and real point guard. I can see Miami winning it all year after year after years to come. Lebron, Dwanye and Chris did what needs to be done when they choose to be in a same team. That's the right decision and you can see the price. It should not all about pride he should be teammate with another superstar like Kobe and should know how to play each other.I think they need to channge thier coach. LA Lakers can give everything he wants or needs in a team to win it all. Soon Kobe will retire a year or two years from now.It will be his team.LA Lakers don't care about paying luxury tax.

vilesoul
vilesoul

Laughable. Howards not even the same player he was a few years ago.. Honestly, with or without him the Lakers are not going to contend. They're old, and there are too many other teams out there right now that are younger and better..

6marK6
6marK6

Any team that wants him has to gut their roster to fit him in. He is so not worth it.

muktech
muktech

The Decision - Part Deux

touseyd
touseyd

Dont Come to Oakland.

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

Why?  Howard has shown he isn't interested in winning as much as he is in looking good on the court.  Kobe is an assassin.  Howard is your friendly neighborhood dog catcher.  Save your money, add a point guard and a defensive minded center and the Lakers should be right back in it.

JJ2
JJ2

@NeoSmith Howard is still one of the best defenders in the league and simply put, there is no other impact player the Lakers can get.