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Andre Iguodala references Kobe-Shaq when asked about Draymond-Durant

Andre Iguodala references Kobe-Shaq when asked about Draymond-Durant

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On June 26, 1996, the Lakers selected Kobe Bryant with the 13th overall pick.

About three weeks later, they signed Shaquille O'Neal in free agency.

[WARRIORS OUTSIDERS PODCAST: Breaking down the Draymond-Durant drama]

Kobe and Shaq eventually won three consecutive NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002), and they could have won several more had they been able to co-exist. But one month after losing to the Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals, the Lakers traded Shaq to the Heat.

There always was tension between the two players, but they were so talented that they were able to win titles despite their differences and despite swirling drama.

So, how does this relate to the current state of the Warriors?  Well, Kevin Durant is very mad at Draymond Green. Things aren't going to be fixed overnight, and their relationship/friendship is on rocky ground.

After Tuesday night's win over the Hawks, Ethan Strauss of The Athletic asked Andre Iguodala if the Warriors will be able to block out the noise and and still win big if the Draymond-Durant drama continues to hover over the franchise.

[RELATED: Warriors player: 'No way Durant is coming back' after this]

Their exchange:

Iguodala: “Shaq and Kobe ain’t like each other.”

Strauss: “But that ended in a way you wouldn’t want this to end, right?”

Iguodala: “They won three championships in a row. Ain’t that what you want to happen?”

Strauss: “I guess all things come to an end.”

Iguodala: “Everything come to an end.”

And as Klay Thompson told the media:

What happens in July completely is up in the air, which is why practically everybody in the organization has publicly said the focus simply is on enjoying the moment and the process of trying to win another championship, and then worry about free agency.

After what transpired between Draymond and Durant on Monday in Los Angeles ...

... good luck with that.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson looks forward to guarding James Harden

Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson looks forward to guarding James Harden

James Harden scored 29 points on 16 field-goal attempts the last time the Warriors faced the Houston Rockets back on Feb. 20. Houston won that game 135-105, and it sounds like Golden State's Juan Toscano-Anderson was looking forward to the rematch.

With the NBA season indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Toscano-Anderson and the Warriors have some free time on their hands. Toscano-Anderson made use of it by holding a Q&A on Twitter on Saturday night, at which time he was asked which player -- whether teammate or opponent -- he was most looking forward to playing with or against when the season starts back up.

Toscano-Anderson provided multiple answers.

"Excited to get our whole team back to full strength," Toscano-Anderson replied. "I was very excited to guard James Harden."

Well, you've got to appreciate the fact that he's not afraid of a challenge. There might not be a tougher player to guard than Harden in the entire league, but then again, Toscano-Anderson didn't finally establish himself as an NBA player this season by taking the easy way out.

[RELATED: Toscano-Anderson reveals all-time Warriors starting five]

The Warriors and Rockets were scheduled to play each other for a fourth and final time this season in Houston on April 2. Obviously, that particular game won't take place on that day, but whether it is postponed or canceled, Toscano-Anderson surely will have more opportunities to try to make things harder on Harden.

Seven candidates for Warriors' massive Andre Iguodala trade exception

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Seven candidates for Warriors' massive Andre Iguodala trade exception

The Warriors don't know if or when the current NBA season will resume, much less the next one. But whenever the 2020-21 season takes place, they'll likely have used several assets at their disposal with which to return to a level of legitimate contention.

But in terms of the Warriors' asset that likely will have the greatest determining impact on their success next season, the $17.2 million trade exception they received for sending Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies last summer stands apart from the rest.

Trade exceptions cannot be combined with others, so through the Iguodala trade exception, Golden State cannot acquire a player making more than $17.2 million (technically, it's $17,185,185.) However, trade exceptions can be split, so the Warriors could theoretically use the Iguodala trade exception to acquire multiple players, as long as their combined salaries don't exceed that amount.

While Golden State should absolutely be able to acquire a good player with that trade exception, the Dubs will have the added challenge of only having a tight window with which to use it. Once the league moratorium concludes at noon ET on July 6 (as currently scheduled), the Warriors will only have until the end of the following day to utilize the exception in a trade. They cannot use it prior to the moratorium, though in theory, they could agree to a trade at any point along the way.

Given the indefinite league stoppage due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's possible that Golden State will be granted some kind of an extension to use the Iguodala trade exception, but there is no guarantee. Whenever it expires, however, the Warriors would be wise to use it on one of the following seven players prior to that point.

CLICK FOR SEVEN POTENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR THE IGUODALA TRADE EXCEPTION