MEMPHIS, Tenn. - As he begins the process of refusing to complain anymore about his role, Dwight Howard wanted to make one thing clear about his Lakers future.

"I plan on being here for the remainder of the season," he said. "My focus and team's focus is to do what we can do to get into the playoffs."

Will that sentiment last once he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1? He could re-sign for five years and $117.9 million instead of a four-year, $87.6 million deal with another team.

"We're not discussing that," Howard said. "Right now, our goal is to win. All I want to do is win. I have to put all my energy and sacrifice whatever I have to do, humble myself and go out there and play."

Those close to Howard say he likes Los Angeles, including the team's championship history and Hollywood spotlight it commands. But another source close to him says he's grown weary of Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense.

Nonetheless, Howard said Wednesday he won't complain anymore about his role.

"Dwight is a heck of a player," D'Antoni said. "Hopefully he's a Laker forever."