Lakers begin waiting process for Dwight Howard

Now the hard part starts.

Doing nothing at all.

The Lakers ended their two-hour meeting Tuesday with Dwight Howard without any assurances if he’ll stay, let alone when he’ll make his decision on his free-agent options. He soon traveled to Aspen, Colo. where his agents Dan Fagen and Happy Walters will recap everything surrounding his meetings this week with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Lakers.

Howard plans to sign his contract on July 10, the first day free agents can do so. But it’s possible Howard could alert which team he’d play for before that, perhaps as early as early as Friday. Still, one source familiar with the Lakers’ thinking expects it will be “several days” before Howard makes his decision.

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