As the Los Angeles Lakers finalized the pitch they will make to Dwight Howard Tuesday afternoon, the free-agent center met with his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks, Monday afternoon and met with the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com. Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and new coach Mike Budenholzer met with Howard in Los Angeles. Ferry had no comment except to tell ESPN's Shelley Smith the meeting went "well." The Warriors are considered a longshot in the Howard sweepstakes as they would need to do a sign-and-trade with the Lakers to be able to sign Howard to a maximum four-year, $88 million contract, something sources have previously told ESPN the Lakers are not inclined to do. The Warriors group that met with Howard included owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers, head coach Mark Jackson and special consultant Jerry West. Howard will meet with a Mavericks contingent led by team owner Mark Cuban and star Dirk Nowitzki on Tuesday morning. While the Mavs do not have young stars like Houston or Golden State do, they are seen as a wild card in this race because they were on Howard's initial list of preferred teams last season in Orlando, and because of the close relationship between Cuban and Howard's agent, Dan Fegan. Howard had a nearly three-hour meeting with the Houston Rockets shortly after the NBA's free-agent period opened at 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday -- Sunday night in Los Angeles. But that didn't happen before Howard had a quick meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. Kupchak's message to Howard: "Quick hello and good luck," said a source with knowledge of the conversation. Kupchak also met with Howard for a face-to-face meeting Saturday morning, a source confirmed. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will be a part of the Lakers' pitch to Howard on Tuesday afternoon, league sources told ESPN on Sunday. The Lakers are still finalizing the roster of people who will be a part of their pitch, but the delegation will also include executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss and representatives from Time Warner Cable. The Lakers signed a record television contract in 2012 with the cable giant that could be worth $5 billion over 25 years.
Dwight Howard, Hawks meet
ESPN | Jul 2