Report: Warriors eying Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside, Nicolas Batum if they don’t get Kevin Durant

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Warriors’ plan to chase Kevin Durant is well-known.

But Golden State might also be willing to break up its 73-win team for less-productive free agents than Durant (everyone else besides LeBron James).

Marcus Thompson of The Mercury News:

According to sources familiar with free agent talks, the Warriors are looking at Al Horford, Joakim Noah and even Hassan Whiteside

Free agents Nicolas Batum and Evan Turner are among the players being considered at small forward, per sources, if the Warriors don’t get Kevin Durant.

Horford would be an awesome fit with the Warriors. His defense would keep them strong on that end, and he’d be far more of an offensive threat than Andrew Bogut.

Noah works defensively if he’s willing to take a discount, but his offense has regressed significantly. At his age, he might be better off without playing huge minutes.

Whiteside would be a major talent upgrade, but either he or Golden State’s defensive system would have to change. That’s a major undertaking.

Batum would be an upgrade over Harrison Barnes, but Barnes’ ability to defend bigger opponents makes the Warriors’ death lineup click. Again, this would be a big adjustment on something known to work.

Turner… I don’t quite get unless he’s willing to take less and Golden State plans to add him to its existing core rather than disrupting the core for him.

Horford and Durant would be a no-brainers. The rest would require more deliberation. All in all, keeping the band together — even if the supporting cast is aging — wouldn’t be so bad.