06/27/2013 01:42 pm ET

Lakers Want Dwight Howard Back But All-Star Center Reportedly Not Interested In L.A. Sequel


The Los Angeles Lakers' message to Dwight Howard as he enters free agency is simple: Stay.

Aside from promoting the #STAYD12 hashtag with the team's official Twitter account, the club plastered a plea to the 7-time All-Star on the Staples Center.

Unfortunately, Howard may not be as eager to return to L.A. as the Lakers are to retain him. According to the unnamed sources of Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine, there "is very little chance" of Howard re-signing with the Lakers. Citing sources close to the situation, Broussard wrote that Howard is willing to "forgo the extra $30 million the Lakers can pay him to play for a coach and in a system he feels will better use his skill set."

While Kobe Bryant has said he wants the final word before Howard makes his decision, the All-Star center is reportedly intrigued by the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.

The latest report comes a couple weeks after Broussard reported that Howard was wanted to team up with Chris Paul.



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