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Source: Lakers got jump on Rockets

Updated: July 1, 2013, 8:06 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers were assured they would get the last word when it came to Dwight Howard's free-agency pitch process. Turns out they got the first word as well.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met briefly with Howard face-to-face shortly after 12:01 a.m. ET Monday when NBA free agency officially opened up, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Kupchak's message to Howard? "Quick hello and good luck," said a source with ...

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