Lakers’ Kupchak: ‘Optimistic Howard Returns’
With just three days remaining until the official start to NBA free agency, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has one major thing on his mind: trying to convince Dwight Howard to re-sign.
“The word I’ve used is ‘optimistic,’” Kupchak said Thursday night after emerging from the Lakers’ war room following the NBA draft. “I think I’m optimistic. I understand that there’s a possibility [Howard] won’t [re-sign], and I probably don’t have any more information than anybody in this room does. I’m aware of a lot of the stuff that’s flying back and forth, a lot of the rumors, so there’s a realistic possibility that he won’t be back. But I’m optimistic that he will.”