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#pounditTuesday, September 29, 2020

Report: Hawks trying to get in on Kevin Durant sweepstakes

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Kevin Durant appears to have narrowed his list of potential destinations down to a handful or so, but that is not going to stop teams like the Atlanta Hawks from trying to force their way into the fold.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Hawks have been working to convince Durant’s representatives to sit down for a meeting at some point after the official free agency period begins on Friday. However, Stein also stated the obvious — that Atlanta’s chances appear “dim.”

One of the reasons the Hawks believe they have an outside shot at grabbing Durant’s attention is that Grant Hill, a part owner of the team and respected seven-time NBA All-Star, is expected to lead the charge.

The Hawks have a free agent of their own who is going to sign for big bucks in Al Horford, so they also want to bring him back. As the more realistic option, Horford is Atlanta’s top priority. Stein also reports that the Hawks have interest in Dwight Howard if Durant cannot be swayed.

Plenty of teams would love to get in the same room as Durant come Friday, but we have already seen one team give up on K.D. because it is clear he has no interest. The Hawks would be wise to not sacrifice more realistic offseason plans for the sake of securing a courtesy sit-down with Durant.

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