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Dwight Howard: The most notable expiring contract in the Los Angeles Lakers' possession, it's starting to look more and more likely that Dwight Howard will remain with his new team long-term.
According to ESPN'S Chris Broussard, the Lakers have faith that Howard will be extending his stay in L.A.:
Sources have told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne that the Lakers are "very confident" Howard will remain with the team this summer.
Howard has steadfastly refused to reveal his plans for this summer, and sources say he truly does not know what he will do. The sources add that he definitely will not ask to be traded.
At this juncture, it's difficult to envision a scenario in which Howard is not donning purple and gold next season.
Earl Clark: After paying his dues in Phoenix and Orlando, Earl Clark appears to have found a home in Los Angeles.
Although he was thrust into Mike D'Antoni's starting lineup under less than ideal circumstances, Clark has flourished in Pau Gasol's former starting role.
And now that Gasol is out indefinitely, Clark is going to be given every opportunity to earn himself some big bucks this summer.
With a steady shooting stroke (48.6 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three), Clark has looked polished, poised and confident, averaging 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Given Gasol's uncertain future with the franchise, it's fair to assume that the Lakers will lock up Clark long-term.
Metta World Peace: Metta World Peace's future is tied directly to the decision he makes regarding his early-termination option.
Should he choose not to exercise it, World Peace will earn $7.7 million next season, which may be the primary reason why he chooses to stick around in L.A.
Turning 34 shortly after the 2013-14 season begins, it's hard to see why World Peace would want a change of scenery when he's guaranteed substantial dollars in 2013-14.