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Dwight free agency: Phil Jackson desired in long-term role, according to report

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Dwight Howard is receptive to Phil Jackson's involvement in his recruitment but wants him to have a "defined, long-term" role with the organization.

Kevork Djansezian

Dwight Howard's free agency period officially begins in just a few hours and Phil Jackson has already made it known he wants the big man to return to the Los Angeles Lakers via Twitter. Jackson's involvement in the recruitment process is considered a positive from Howard's camp, though Howard desires Jackson to be a part of the organization in a "defined, long-term" role, according to Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD.

Howard wants Jackson to be more than a "mascot" for the Lakers during his free agency period.

Jackson has previously stated he has no desire to coach in the league again and turned down the Brooklyn Nets coaching position in favor of seeking out an upper management position. Jeanie Buss has previously made it clear that Jackson is a "phone call away" and remains involved in the organization "because of [her]."

Despite Jackson being involved with the organization from a distance, it appears Howard wants something more permanent, and official, for the Zen Master.

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