Found June 28, 2013 on Tireball.com:
Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America Only three days remain until the official start of free agency. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has only one thing on his mind: Re-signing Dwight Howard. According to ESPN Los Angeles, Kupchak said he is “optimistic” about Howard returning to the Lakers next season. “I think I’m optimistic. I understand that there’s a possibility [Howard] won’t [re-sign], and I probably don’t have any more information than anybody in this room does. I’m aware of a lot of the stuff that’s flying back and forth, a lot of the rumors, so there’s a realistic possibility that he won’t be back. But I’m optimistic that he will.” This comes a day after a report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard that said there was “very little chance” that Howard would return to the Lakers. Howard has already been receiving backlash from fans, but Kupchak thinks that will change. “Kobe’s been back for seven or eight years now. What did people think about him?
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