The Lakers' campaign to keep free-agent center Dwight Howard continued Wednesday with two public pleas for Howard to stay.
The first, a billboard at Staples Center, features a photo of the center with the words, "Stay. #stayD12."
Another variation of the theme has been erected in Hollywood.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 26, 2013
Howard will officially become a free agent on July 1.
The Houston Rockets may be the Lakers' greatest competition for Howard but the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and a number of other NBA franchises are also expected to make a pitch.
While Howard can reach a verbal agreement immediately on July 1, he cannot sign a contract until July 10, upon completion of the league's annual moratorium.