Another variation of the theme has been erected in Hollywood.
Howard will officially become a free agent on July 1.
While Howard can reach a verbal agreement immediately on July 1, he cannot sign a contract until July 10, upon completion of the league's annual moratorium.
The Lakers can pay Howard up to $118 million for five years. While other teams can only offer up to $88 million over four, the three teams in Texas (San Antonio Spurs, Rockets and Mavericks) have tax advantages that would make up some of the difference.