Once Free Agency hits July 1, the first day players can sign is July 10 – and sources say that’s exactly what Dwight Howard intends to do.

Although there have been many reports the last couple days about Dwight being unlikely to re-sign with the Lakers, GM Mitch Kupchak says he remains “optimistic.”

Kupchak said there are a lot of similarities with Kobe’s Free Agency in 2004, and he expects Dwights decision to come down to the wire.