Steve Nash couldn't finish the season because of injuries.
But the Lakers guard thinks he knows where Dwight Howard should start next season.
"I'm very hopeful that Dwight will be back," Nash said Monday. "I think this is the place for him. He's in the prime of his career. He's got his best years ahead of him. He can play for one of the greatest franchises in sports and an amazing city. This has got to be the place for him and I'm hopeful that he sees it that way."
Howard, 27, becomes a free agent in July, able to sign a five-year, $118-million deal with the Lakers or a four-year, $88-million deal with someone else.
Nash, 39, will almost surely return to the Lakers after an injury-riddled season in which he missed 24 games because of a fractured leg and 10 more because of hip and hamstring soreness.