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The L.A. Lakers have used billboards emblazoned with the word “STAY” to convince free agent Dwight Howard to sign a new deal with the franchise. The Houston Rockets, however, are enlisting a bit of Hollywood star power to convince the center to leave and join their team.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who reportedly met with Howard in L.A. earlier this week, posted a video message from The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons on Friday that urged Howard to sign with Houston.
Wearing a Rockets hat, Parsons pledged: “I promise you that no organization, and no fan base, understands and respects the role that an all-time great center like yourself plays and the success of the team the way Houston does and the way the Rockets do.”
Free agency officially began on July 1. The Lakers can reportedly offer the all-star a five-year contract potentially worth up to $30 million more than a competing offer if Howard signs a max deal.
Reps from Time Warner Cable, which inked a 20-year broadcast deal with the team in 2011, had planned to be present at the Lakers pitch meeting to discuss ideas with Howard, ESPN LA reported.
Watch Parsons’ message below.
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