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Originally written July 01, 2013 on NESN.com:

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With the free agency period commencing at 12:01 a.m. Monday, the Dwight Howard sweepstakes has officially begun.

The Los Angeles Lakers wasted no time in their attempts to convince the free-agent center to re-sign, having actor and longtime Lakers season ticket holder Jack Nicholson reach out to Howard to stay put in L.A. Nicholson spoke with Howard on the phone about remaining a Laker for the long haul, according to ESPN’s J.A. Adande.

Between the massive “#StayD12″ banners, a proposed reality television show with Time Warner Cable and the courtship from a celebrity like Nicholson, Los Angeles is launching a full-fledged campaign to keep the seven-time NBA All-Star in purple and gold. Former Laker and current ESPN  analyst Magic Johnson also joined the campaign with a tweet sent out Monday:

Short and sweet.

Howard is expected to meet with the Lakers, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks. The 27-year-old is reportedly making his decision on July 10, when the NBA’s free-agency moratorium is lifted and players can officially sign with new teams.

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3 Comments:
  • Why on earth is everyone trying to keep this overgrown whining, loser crybaby?? STAY??? For what? What has he brought to LA? Good riddance to bad rubbish and take your crying, whiney ass out of here!!
  • Not everyone!!!! I live in Orlando Florida. He played here before joining the Lakers. He was a prima donna, divisive and generally a pain in the tush. Wouldn't have him back on a platter if he played for free!
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