|Lakers make their pitch to Dwight Howard|
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|Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:20|
Kupchak says in a statement that at the meeting, ``we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community.''
Howard's free agency had been prominent in the Lakers' minds since their season ended in a first-round playoff sweep.
Howard, a seven-time All-Star, has vowed to make his decision in his own best interests, giving no indication he favored the Lakers over any other team.
The Lakers can offer a maximum of $118 million over five seasons, and other teams can offer $88 million over four years.