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NBA Rumors: Free agent centers Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside & Joakim Noah in Warriors’ radar?

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Feb. 27, 2012 ATLANTA: The winner of the Professional Athlete of the Year, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and his wife Amelia Vega Horford arrive on the red carpet for the Atlanta Sports Awards at the Fox Theater, Monday, Feb 27, 2012. The couple were recently married. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

The Golden State Warriors have eight free agents in their roster and it is unlikely that all would be back. The Warriors are eyeing to replace them by Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside or Joakim Noah.

Kevin Durant is the Golden State’s top free agency target this summer. The Warriors also have an alternative plan and that includes going after a star center. The franchise management believes that they can’t thrive without a quality center.

The Warriors are looking for a star who can attack the rim and score inside like Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford, Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside or Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah. The contract demands of these centers would be too hefty, but the Warriors’ intent is clear.

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The Warriors have three players who are untouchable: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, according to Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News.

The franchise also drafted a backup shooting guard and bought a second round pick on Thursday. Patrick McCaw is a strong defender and a prolific scorer. His inclusion puts Ian Clarke and Leandro Barbosa on notice.

“We’re not trying to do anything more than get better,” Warriors’ general manager Bob Myers said. “I think we’re better right now than we were two hours ago, and hopefully that will continue.”

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Free agents Nicolas Batum and Evan Turner are in the Golden State’s radar as small forwards, if the franchise fail to acquire Kevin Durant.

Photo Courtesy: Curtis Compton/compton@ajc.com

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