Howard is weighing the Lakers and
"He hasn't made up his mind 100%," said a person familiar with the situation.
Howard was leaning strongly toward the Rockets earlier Friday but hesitated because of the "enormous financial implications" he would lose by going to Houston, even though the state of Texas offers more favorable tax scenarios than California.
Howard can sign with the Lakers for five years and $118 million or with Houston for four years and $88 million.
Howard, 27, also weighed the financial difference while knowing he had surgery to repair a herniated disk in April 2012 and was slowed by related back issues most of last season.
In almost all cases, including Howard's, free agents are typically incentivized via the
Howard flew back to Los Angeles from Colorado on Friday afternoon after spending three days collecting his thoughts in Aspen. He plans to speak to Lakers General Manager
"He hasn't finalized his decision but we hope and expect him to make a decision today or tomorrow," said Dan Fegan, Howard's agent.
Howard told Atlanta on Wednesday he would not play for the