Report: Oklahoma City hoping to clear cap space to pair Al Horford with Kevin Durant

Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after hitting a three-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 6, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after hitting a three-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 6, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Heat aren’t the only team preparing a big pitch for coveted free Kevin Durant.

ESPN reported that the Thunder have made calls around the league looking to clear a “massive amount” of cap space. Rival executives believe Oklahoma City is looking to create space to pursue Al Horford in addition to Durant.

The Heat are also expected to go after Horford, who can play both big man spots, if they can’t retain free agent center Hassan Whiteside.

Horford has a connection with Miami, as his father Tito Horford played college basketball at the University of Miami in the late 80s. But Horford also has a connection with Oklahoma City, as he played for Thunder head coach Billy Donovan in college at the University of Florida.

Horford, 30, averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season. He’s expected to draw max offers with a projected starting annual salary of $26.4 million this summer.

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