Dwight Howard is the primary focus of the Lakers' off-season. The free-agent center is currently making the rounds as he's courted by teams such as the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors.
Houston reportedly made a strong impression on Howard. The Warriors would be wholly dependent on the Lakers to facilitate a sign and trade. Howard can decide in the coming days but won't be able to sign a contract until the league's moratorium elapses on July 10.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have been linked to a laundry list of free agents. The difficulty will be adding talent when the team has just the taxpayer midlevel exception of $3.2 million to offer.
The Lakers had some contact with their former point guard Jordan Farmar (drafted in 2006 with the 26th pick), but he's still under contract with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. Farmar stands to earn far more overseas than a $1.0-million minimum contract offer from the Lakers, which isn't enough to pay for his buyout. Additionally the Lakers still have Steve Nash and Steve Blake at point guard.