The Lakers want Dwight Howard to "stay." Although he has the option of signing with another team when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next week, L.A. really, really, really wants Howard to remain with the Lake Show. So they just put up a billboard outside of Staples Center that reads, quite simply, "STAY." They also put one up on Hollywood Boulevard, and they plan on putting up about four or five other billboards in the near future as well. A full-page ad will run in the Los Angeles Times, too.
"Our opinion, which we've made clear, is that our top priority is signing Dwight," Lakers team spokesman John Black told ESPN Los Angeles. "We want to let him know how important he is to us out in the public. We're comfortable letting the public know how we feel."
How will Howard feel about them, though? That's all that really matters. And he will let the world know sometime within the next week or so. Stay tuned.
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Howard will not re-sign with the Lakers:
THIS JUST IN: Dwight Howard is unlikely to re-sign with Lakers this offseason, sources close to the situation tell ESPN's @Chris_Broussard.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 27, 2013
[via ESPN Los Angeles]