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Report: The Atlanta Hawks will pursue Kevin Durant in free agency

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Let the rumors begin.

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The Atlanta Hawks are now the latest team to be rumored in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, but their chances at landing the superstar talent are slim.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Hawks free-agent priorities include re-signing Al Horford and Kent Bazemore, but they're also interested in trying to land Kevin Durant.

Stein details that the Hawks are trying to get a meeting with Durant, and will try to get him in front of Grant Hill, who mentioned when the new ownership group was introduced that he believes he can help make Atlanta a destination in free agency that players would look to go to:

Sources told ESPN.com that the Hawks, like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, have been working to try to convince Durant and his representatives to grant them a face-to-face recruiting meeting after free agency starts at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, even though their chances appear dim.

One source of hope for the Hawks, sources say, is the presence of longtime NBA All-Star Grant Hill in their Hawks' ownership group, with Hill expected to lead Atlanta's lobbying efforts.

Stein is also reporting that if they aren't able to get into the Durant sweepstakes, the team will strongly pursue Dwight Howard to play alongside Al Horford in the frontcourt.

As of today, the teams with face-to-face meetings planned with Durant are the Golden State, San Antonio, Boston, Miami, the Los Angeles Clippers, and Oklahoma City.