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Dwight Howard, center, holds up the 2002 championship ring belonging to Jeanie Buss, left, as Jim Buss looks on at the end of the news conference on Aug. 10, 2012, announcing he has joined the Lakers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard arrives at his first media day as a Laker on Oct. 1, 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard makes a point near the retired jerseys of Magic Johnson, James Worthy, announcer Chick Hearn and other Lakers greats on Oct. 1, 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard looks ready to put up a good fight during media day on Oct. 1, 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard draws a media scrum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard, second from left, shares a laugh with Kobe Bryant during an exhibition game with the Portland Trailblazers on Oct. 10, 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard, rear, was all smiles during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 4, 2012. Kobe Bryant, left, Metta World Peace, Steve Blake and Pau Gasol are also enjoying prime views.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard looks for a favorable call after fighting for a loose ball with Nets guard C.J. Watson on Nov. 20, 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard, reacting after being called for a foul against the Boston Celtics, averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds for the Lakers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The Lakers thought that Dwight Howard, left, and Kobe Bryant would be a formidable 1-2 punch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant, left, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash did have some reasons to celebrate last season.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard, known for his defensive prowess, steals the ball away Robin Lopez of the Hornets on Jan. 29, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard talks about the death of team owner Jerry Buss.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard earns a hug from Kobe Bryant after making one of two free throws with 4.1 seconds left in a game against the Grizzlies on April 5. Howard is a notoriously poor free-throw shooter.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard dunks in front of Tim Duncan during Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs. The Spurs won the series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kawhi Leonard, left, of the Spurs gets creative trying to stop Dwight Howard from scoring.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lakers Dwight Howard is fouled against the Spurs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard walks off the court after being ejected for getting a second technical foul in Game 4 of the NBA playoff series against the Spurs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard draws a swarm of Spurs defenders in Game 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard talks with reporters after his exit interview with the Lakers on April 30.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A banner on the side of Staples Center helps the Lakers plead their case to Dwight Howard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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[Update: The Dwight Howard decision finally came, and the free-agent center chose the Houston Rockets over the Lakers.]

The Lakers are trying to persuade Dwight Howard to stay with the franchise for five more years. Magic Johnson tweeted  the same slogan the Lakers unveiled on billboards last week throughout Los Angeles: “Stay.” Steve Nash was also active Monday on Twitter before he boarded a plane from New York to Los Angeles, hammering out a quick, “Dwight Howard, we’re coming for you. You’re going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20 yrs!” Howard has met in Los Angeles with Golden State and Atlanta, neither of which has much of a chance to get him.

The Warriors are too far over the salary cap to sign Howard as a free agent and can obtain him only via a sign-and-trade, which won’t happen because (a) the Lakers probably will have to take back Warriors players whose contracts extend beyond this season, denting the massive amount of salary-cap space they can spend next year and (b) such a trade saps the Warriors of valuable players who would be sent to the Lakers, likely making Golden State less desirable in Howard’s eyes.

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