Kobe Bryant (left) will try to help convince Dwight Howard to rejoin the Lakers. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are awfully good basketball players. Now we’ll see what kind of salesmen they are.

The Los Angeles Lakers ae bringing out the big guns in an effort to re-sign Dwight Howard, who became a free agent at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday. Nash confirmed as much on Twitter.


With Houston and Dallas possible landing spots, the Lakers wasted no time in talking to Howard before his contract expired, holding brief, unexpected meetings with Howard Saturday and Sunday night, according to USA Today. He was scheduled to meet with the Rockets later Sunday. After the Mavericks meet with Howard Tuesday, the Lakers are scheduled to meet with him, pushing for him to agree to a five-year, $118-million contract.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak, Coach Mike D’Antni and two members of the Buss family, Jeanie and Jim, clearly are expected to participate in the meeting, too. Jack Nicholson reportedly has chipped in with a phone call and then there’s this guy:

The Rockets have firepower of their own: Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, James harden, Chandler Parsons, Coach Kevin McHale and, via Skype, Yao Ming.

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