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According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Jackson has informally made it known that he was available to the Lakers in their pitch to Howard, and other capacities in the future, should Howard ever seek counsel. Jackson, the fiancé of Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, has become something of an informal consultant to the Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak acknowledged after last Thursday's NBA draft. ESPN.com

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The Lakers began their meeting with Dwight Howard at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, becoming the fifth team to sit down with him in a two-day span. About 10 members of the Lakers and their affiliates attended the meeting in Beverly Hills, including Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni. Lakers executive Jim Buss was also there but not team governor Jeanie Buss, who nonetheless sent out a pro-Howard tweet earlier Tuesday, saying the “Lakers offer 1) best opportunities for your playing & post-playing career 2) have BEST fans 3) I'm here for you." Los Angeles Times

June 30, 2013 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant plans to be part of the presentation on Tuesday to convince free-agent center Dwight Howard to re-sign with the franchise, a league source told Yahoo! Sports. The Lakers are expected to make the final case to Howard in Los Angeles, letting Houston, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta go before them. Bryant has offered to be a part of the contingent that will include the Buss family, general manager Mitch Kupchak and possibly coach Mike D'Antoni. Yahoo! Sports

June 29, 2013 Updates

One person who is not expected to be at the Lakers meeting with Howard is former coach Phil Jackson, the fiance of Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss. Jackson is on his way to his second home in Montana, sources told ESPNLA's Ramona Shelburne. But, as one source put it, "It's not like they don't have phones there." Jackson has spoken to Howard in the past, and given opinions on him over the past few months in interviews associated with his book tour. Kupchak said Thursday that he and Jackson talk often about basketball and that he's been "helpful" to him. ESPN.com

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"[The Lakers are] going through crisis and if they ask me to come and sit and just listen to what's going on, I'm willing to do that," he said. "As of right now there's not a position that's open there, in which to have an influence -- so I understand that." Naturally, he talks to his fiancee, Jeanie Buss, who is an executive and owner with the team. "I'm trying to counsel her on ways the team can improve," he said. "They're a mess, we know that because of their financial disorder right now, that's the thing they have to get straight right away." Los Angeles Times

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Although Jackson was interested in returning to the Lakers last season he said he wouldn't be interested in the job now even though Lakers governor Jeanie Buss, who he is engaged to, still thinks Jackson can coach. "I don't see myself coaching again, I really don't," Jackson said. "When I discussed this with Jeanie Buss, she said make sure you tell them that Jeanie still thinks you can coach even though you might say you're not going to coach again. Jeanie still thinks I can coach but I'm not going to go there." ESPN.com

One source with knowledge of the Clippers' thinking said Phil Jackson would "pretty much be excluded" from consideration because of his engagement to Lakers executive Jeanie Buss. While the source insisted it wasn't a reflection on Jackson's coaching ability, it would simply be "too creepy" for the Clippers to bring in a coach who was engaged to the owner of their crosstown rival. ESPN.com

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