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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

Andre Iguodala 'loves being that guy' to people rude to Steph Curry

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Andre Iguodala 'loves being that guy' to people rude to Steph Curry

"I'm the d***head. I don't care." -- Andre Iguodala.

So what's the context here exactly?

Well, Steph Curry is in a stratosphere of celebrity that not many people inhabit or experience. Every time the guy leaves the house, he has to deal with strangers who want autographs or pictures or a handshake.

As you can imagine, there are plenty of moments where Curry wants to be invisible and go undetected. Unfortunately, those are few and far between.

But if the two-time MVP is with Andre Iguodala...

... he's got the support and security he needs.

The following is an anecdote from a recent feature story from Anthony Slater of The Athletic on how Curry deals with unparalleled fame:

“Andre’s got that gift where he can make you feel uncomfortable,” (Shaun) Livingston said. “Like, ‘Uhh, maybe I don’t want to get a picture today.'”

“He loves it,” Curry said. “He loves being that guy.”

“I’m the d***head,” Iguodala said. “I don’t care. I’ll tell you: ‘Get the f**k away. What are y’all doing?‘ There’s a line that you can’t cross. People cross it a lot with him.”

“You gotta know who you’re dealing with,” Iguodala said. “You’re dealing with kids, it’s different. But if you’re dealing with grown men who try to abuse you for their wants, I ain’t having it.”

You have officially been warned -- if you run into Curry somewhere around the Bay Area and he is with Iguodala, then mind your own business.

In fact, you should leave Curry alone even if he isn't with the 2015 Finals MVP. But as Iguodala explained, that just isn't the reality.

“People will be waiting outside the gate or in the parking lot of a golf course,” the 35-year old told The Athletic. “It’s like, how did you even know we were here? People sitting around waiting to see what car we leave in. They’re at the hotel. They’ll get there early in the morning to see where we’re at. They’ll follow you.”

Don't be that guy...

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

Steph Curry first found troubles of fame going to Charlotte in 2013

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Steph Curry first found troubles of fame going to Charlotte in 2013

Steph Curry is a superstar. He might be the most recognizable player in the NBA. Maybe even in all of sports. 

But that wasn't the case not too long ago. Before the two MVP award and three NBA Finals titles, Curry could actually enjoy some peace and quiet with his family. 

Curry first found out about the troubles of stardom with fans while traveling home to Charlotte, N.C. in 2013. 

“Back when I was taking commercial flights,” Curry said in a lengthy interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “I never flew private.”

It was after his fourth season in the NBA. Curry was coming off a career-high 22.9 points per game at the time, and he led the Warriors to playoffs where they upset the Nuggets in the first round and battled the Spurs in a second-round loss. 

Curry, along with his wife Ayesha and a newly born baby daughter Riley, were recognized relentlessly in the airport. From the security line to trying to get to the gates, the Currys were constantly surrounded.

“One of the worst experiences of my life,” Curry said. “Getting bothered left and right from the time we showed up at the airport to the time we got to the house in Charlotte. That was probably when it was like, OK, this is crazy. And, yeah, it’s got even crazier from there.”

Two years later, Riley became a sensation by joining Steph at the postgame podium in the playoffs. As he looks back it now, it's one of the only things Steph regrets

[RELATED: Steph Curry's Charlotte popularity a boon to NBA All-Star Weekend]

"I didn’t know how much that would blow up and how much of a splash she [would make] on the scene," Curry said. "If I could take that one back, I probably would, just because my goal is just to give my kids the best chance at success and at seeing the world in the proper way." 

This weekend, Curry and his family are back in Charlotte for NBA All-Star Weekend. He'll face his brother Seth in the 3-Point Contest, and it's safe to say all these years later, he'll know how to deal with the masses following his every move.