Hawks want meeting with Kevin Durant, pursuing Dwight Howard

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is one of the hottest targets on the free agent market this offseason and it looks like every team wants a shot at him. One of the more unlikely teams to land him that have now entered the Durant race is the Atlanta Hawks.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Hawks will look to land a meeting with Durant and his representatives. His agents will already meet with at least six teams once free agency officially tips off on Friday.

If the Hawks are unsuccessful in their efforts to enter the bidding for Durant, they will go after another superstar from the Western Conference. They will hope to sway Dwight Howard, who will become a free agent after declining his $23 million player optionw with the Houston Rockets, back to his hometown.

Atlanta’s top priority is to retain forward Al Horford, but if they are unsuccessful, landing a player like Howard would be a huge get for the team.

As for Kevin Durant, he could be a terrific pickup for the team and he could certainly make a huge impact in helping the team start competing in the Eastern Conference.

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