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Phil Jackson Encourages Dwight Howard To Re-Sign With Lakers (TWEET)

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Phil Jackson walks off the court after a ceremony honoring the 1972-73 New York Knicks Championship team at halftime of the Knicks game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on April 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) | Getty

By Chris Yuscavage, Complex Sports

Heeeeeeere we go! For months now, there has been speculation about where Dwight Howard would sign after he became a free agent in the summer of 2013. Now, we're set to find out.

As of today, Howard is officially a free agent and is free to meet with whichever NBA teams he wants to meet with in order to determine which team he'll play for moving forward. And he's taking full advantage of the opportunity. He's met with the Lakers and Rockets so far, plans on meeting with the Hawks and Warriors later today, and will have meetings with the Mavericks and the Lakers again tomorrow.

So where will he sign? It's still anybody's guess. But on his Twitter account last night, Phil Jackson made it clear who he wants Howard to sign with. Jax is headed to Montana for his summer vacation, but while he's there, he expects to see Howard sign with…

Okay, okay, no big surprise there. After all, Jackson is engaged to Jeanie Buss—daughter of the late Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss—so he pretty much has to encourage Howard to stay with L.A. But will his words have any bearing? We should find out in the next couple of days.

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[via ESPN]

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