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Kupchak optimistic about Howard

Updated: June 28, 2013, 10:38 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With just three days remaining until the official start to NBA free agency, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has one major thing on his mind: trying to convince Dwight Howard to re-sign.

"The word I've used is 'optimistic,'" Kupchak said Thursday night after emerging from the Lakers' war room following the NBA draft. "I think I'm optimistic. I understand that there's a possibility [Howard] won't [re-sign], and I probably don't have any more information ...

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