The Los Angeles Lakers will meet last with Dwight Howard on Tuesday after Houston, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta have all given him their own pitch. When the purple and gold have that crucial time alone with Howard and his representatives, Kobe Bryant will be present and will likely make a pitch of his own, according to Yahoo! Sports:
[pullquote]Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant plans to be part of the presentation on Tuesday to convince free-agent center Dwight Howard to re-sign with the franchise, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
The Lakers are expected to make the final case to Howard in Los Angeles, letting Houston, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta go before them. Bryant has offered to be a part of the contingent that will include the Buss family, general manager Mitch Kupchak and possibly coach Mike D’Antoni.
Howard and Bryant have had a tepid relationship, but have stayed in touch in the offseason.[/pullquote]
Bryant mentioned last month that he’d save his best pitch until last, so this report seems to coincide with that. Kobe will presumably sell Howard on the advantages of living and playing in Los Angeles, coupled with the fact that the franchise will be his once Bryant finally calls it a day.
As for the other teams, Dirk Nowitzki has already reached out to Howard, while Mark Cuban is heading to L.A. to meet with Dwight. Elsewhere in Texas, the Houston Rockets have James Harden and Chandler Parsons fighting in their corner.
Parsons today insinuated on Twitter that he was in Los Angeles, which makes sense seeing as the Rockets reportedly plan to meet with Howard this evening at 9:01 pm when it’ll officially be July 1st in New York and free agency discussions may begin.