While it would give Kobe and the Lakers their best chance to win another title, he's made it clear that one thing stands above himself and his teammates (including Howard) who will be free agents this summer.
Beyond that, the Lakers do plan on using Bryant and even Steve Nash in their pitch to get Howard in much the same way the Houston Rockets are using their players and even a few legends to get him on board in Houston.
The Rockets got the first meeting with Howard at the start of free agency, as Daryl Morey called for Rockets fans to send messages to Howard, imploring him to sign with the Rockets.
Howard says he'll make the final decision on where he'll sign when the moratorium for signing free agents ends on July 10.
As free agency starts, Houston is presumed to be the favorite to land Howard, while Kobe's Lakers are close behind.