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NBA rumors: Clippers still hope to sign Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard

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NBA rumors: Clippers still hope to sign Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard

Programming note: Watch the Warriors take on the Suns tonight at 6 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Knicks aren't the only team planning to sign Kevin Durant in July.

Back in mid-December -- just as Durant and the Warriors were about to face Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors -- ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on the Clippers' master plan.

[Clippers owner Steve] Ballmer's vision is to land Leonard or Durant -- or both, as long as they're swinging for the fences -- and then ride them to glory and a new arena in Inglewood that could turn the Clippers into one of the premier franchises in the league.

And as Sam Amick of The Athletic wrote on Thursday, the vision hasn't changed. And now that the Clippers shipped Tobias Harris to Philly, they are in a better position to strike.

There’s still an overwhelming sense around the league that Durant is destined to sign with the Knicks, but this (trading Harris) was as clear a sign of any that the Clippers aren’t giving up on their grand plan of landing Durant and Kawhi Leonard this summer.

This is no state secret: It has been Durant and Leonard—and then everyone else—for quite some time now.

We learned earlier this week that the threat of Durant leaving for the Knicks has "never felt more real to the Warriors."

It's unclear if Golden State feels as threatened by the Clippers.

But one thing to always keep in mind as the sweepstakes unfold is how much Durant respects Jerry West, who now works for the Clippers.

Remember, before the two-time Finals MVP announced he was going to sign with the Warriors back in 2016, he asked to speak on the phone with The Logo (who worked for Golden State at the time).

But don't stress about what might happen five months from now.

Just enjoy watching Durant take on the Suns tonight in a Warriors uniform.

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

Draymond Green, Charles Barkley team up on new TV show 'The Arena'

Draymond Green, Charles Barkley team up on new TV show 'The Arena'

Draymond Green and Charles Barkley are about to be on the same team.

The Warriors forward and NBA Hall of Famer will be part of a panel on TNT's new show "The Arena," which will debut July 20.

Draymond and Barkley -- who have attacked each other publicly over the years -- will be joined by host Cari Champion and 2006 NBA Finals MVP, Dwyane Wade.

"The cinematic features will examine the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, systemic racial injustices and the changing landscape of society since the NBA postponed play through the point of view of players, NBA teams, their fans and communities," per a press release. "The five-part series will also include contributions from leading voices in sports and entertainment, such as renowned journalist Jemele Hill, rapper and activist Killer Mike, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Lesley Chilcott, among others."

Some very serious conversations will be had, so it'll be interesting to see if Draymond and Barkley address and/or laugh at their past beef.

[RELATED: Barkley fires back at Draymond by using boy band analogy]

It's possible they avoid it altogether and solely focus on the much more important topics at hand.

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Nick Wright claims LeBron James gets two rings for beating 2016 Warriors

Nick Wright claims LeBron James gets two rings for beating 2016 Warriors

Nick Wright will say anything to try to buttress his belief that LeBron James is the best basketball player of all time.

And the very opinionated TV personality went to the extreme Monday on his Fox Sports 1 morning show "First Things First."

"I'm making a proclamation today. Everyone always tries to say, 'Six rings, six rings -- LeBron can't be the greatest ever until he has six rings.' It's a facile argument but I'll engage in it for this moment," he said. "We all know LeBron officially-unofficially got credit for two rings when he came from 3-1 down and beat a 73-win (Warriors) team -- sent Draymond (Green) crying to his car to call Kevin Durant. So right now he's at four.

"Before the stoppage happened, the Lakers were playing their best ball of the season. They get thrown off course, Giannis (Antetokounmpo) is able to get healthy, other things happen that make it harder. Then they lose (Avery) Bradley, now they've lost (Rajon) Rondo.

"When they win the title this year, it counts as another two -- which means LeBron and (Michael) Jordan will both have six rings."

Yes, this actually happened.

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Conventional wisdom says Wright was 100 percent kidding, and simply got on his soapbox for entertainment purposes. But with him, he probably just was 97 percent joking.

And since Wright mentioned Draymond, here is a friendly reminder: In the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron averaged 24.8 points, 8.3 assists and 5.8 turnovers the first four games. Then, everything changed when Draymond was suspended for Game 5. Over the final three games of the series, LeBron averaged 36.3 points, 9.7 assists and 2.7 turnovers.

[RELATED: Draymond reveals team he sees as favorite to win NBA title]

It also didn't help that Andrew Bogut missed Games 6 and 7, and that Harrison Barnes went 5-for-32 from the field over the final three games. But we digress. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the series and that's a scientific fact.

You want another fact? LeBron has won three championships and he will have four if the Los Angeles Lakers capture this season's title in Orlando.

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