D12 currently considering his options in free agency amid huge interest.
The Los Angeles Lakers have held a meeting with Dwight Howard in a bid to convince him to re-sign with the franchise.
There are reportedly five teams interested in the 27-year-old, with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors hoping to persuade him to leave the Staples Center behind.
However, the Lakers have the advantage of being able to offer him a significantly better deal financially, but it ultimately comes down to whether he believes the organisation are capable of building a roster that can win a championship.
The Lakers have begun their campaign to convince him to stay, with billboards dotted around the city with the hash-tag “Stay D12”.
General manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash were present at the meeting in which they discussed various aspects of the center extending his stay in LA, and Kupchak revealed a little of what was talked about.
“At the meeting, we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community, and why we feel this is the best place for him to continue his career,” Kupchak said in a statement released by the team.
“We are hopeful that Dwight decides to remain a Laker.”
After a disappointing first season, there is a great deal of hope that Howard decides to give it another shot next year. The Lakers can offer a maximum of $118m over five seasons, while other teams can offer $88m over four.
Former players have been particularly critical of Howard for allowing the situation to reach this point, questioning his desire to play for the Lakers. However, Nash was amongst the group defending him, stating that this is a tricky decision.
Nevertheless, the time for Howard to make his decision is fast approaching, but it remains to be seen whether he has heard enough from the Lakers to make him want to stay.