HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Dwight Howard wrapped up his team meetings Wednesday and headed to Aspen, Colorado with his agents to ponder his future.  On Tuesday Howard met with the Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and other team representatives for about two hours.  Howard heard the team’s pitch for staying in L.A., who could offer a maximum of $118 million over five seasons compared with the others offering $88 million over four years.
“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,” Kupchak said in a team statement.
Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Golden State have also expressed an interest in signing the highly-coveted free agent center.  Fran Blinebury of NBA.com told SportsRadio 610’s MaD Radio that the front runners were pretty clear.

“This is the Rockets. This is the Lakers and don’t count out Dallas,” Blinebury said Monday.

Reports are surfacing that a decision from Howard could come as early as Friday.  Contracts cannot be signed until July 10.