If they can’t have him, Plan B might be Dwight Howard.
If the Hawks are unable to thrust themselves into the Durant bidding, sources say that one countermove Atlanta is weighing strongly is the free-agent pursuit of Atlanta native Dwight Howard to play alongside Horford in the frontcourt.
Howard would make much more sense as an Al Horford replacement if Horford leaves in free agency. Horford is better at center than power forward. Paul Millsap is better at power forward than small forward. Howard would give the Hawks the ability to play another style, and that’s helpful. But there’s probably more utility in keeping Kent Bazemore or getting a replacement wing if he leaves.
Mostly, though, Howard might just pick whichever team offers him the most money. The Hawks can decide if that’s them.