Bryant has previously stated that his plan with Howard's free agency would be to have a brief opening statement with the superstar big man. He also stressed the importance of getting the "final word" with him.
The Lakers were granted permission to be the final team to present Howard with their pitch. They can offer an extra year and $30 million more in guaranteed money to Howard, but multiple reports indicate that the Houston Rockets are currently his leading choice.
Howard will meet with Houston immediately Sunday night when he officially becomes a free agent at midnight ET.