Lakers Notes: LeBron, Howard, Jackson

I guess the billboards just weren’t enough.  Last night, Dwight Howard spoke with Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld after making his decision to bolt for Houston and spoke candidly about his time in Los Angeles.  When asked if Phil Jackson coming back as coach or being involved in some capacity would have changed his mind about the Lakers, Howard said, “Well, I asked to have him as my coach earlier in the year,” before taking a noticeable pause.  You can check out more of the highlights here and the latest D12 reaction out of L.A. below..

  • The Lakers’ next move will be to try and make a run in the 2013/14 season and then try to lure LeBron James, sources tell Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld (on Twitter).
  • Mitch Kupchak & Co. won’t amnesty Pau Gasol, but they still have that option for Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake, or Metta World Peace.  Ramona Shelburne of (on Twitter) hears that the club is weighing their options with MWP.  The forward makes roughly $7.73MM next season.
  • The Lakers have little choice but to forget about this upcoming season and focus on the blockbuster summer of 2014, writes Tom Haberstroh of (Insider sub. req’d).  Next summer is when James along with Carmelo Anthony, John Wall (if he doesn’t sign an extension), Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and Dirk Nowitzki can all become free agents.  The draft class also figures to be stacked with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart, Julius Randle, and Andrew Harrison.
  • In an interview with Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Howard downplayed his frustrations with the Lakers organization.
  • Howard’s final plan was always to meet with Kupchak one final time and inform him of his decision, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, but that didn’t wind up happening, according to Dave McMenamin of (on Twitter).
  • Earlier today, we learned that the Lakers won’t use the amnesty clause on Pau Gasol.

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