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Steph Curry vows not to let Warriors' historic championship run end

Steph Curry vows not to let Warriors' historic championship run end

Steph Curry arrived in Japan, and Japan welcomed him with open arms, cheers and screams. Naturally.

He was happy to be in the setting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and discussed his excitement to represent Team USA's basketball squad next year. But what he said about the Warriors' future stood out the most.

"The story is still going," Curry told The Associated Press. "A lot of people said this is going to be the end, but I'm not going to let that happen. It's going to be fun to come back and chase more championships next year and beyond."

The Warriors suffered a huge loss -- well, two huge losses, with the injuries to Klay Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL, and Kevin Durant, who ruptured his Achilles. As far as next season is concerned, that leaves just Curry and Draymond Green as the lock-in All-Stars to start the season on Golden State's roster.

After the Finals Game 6 loss to the Raptors, the Warriors also will start a new chapter at a new location: Chase Center in San Francisco. They bid farewell to Oracle Arena after 47 years of calling it home.

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Andre Iguodala also spoke of his confidence in the team during a recent interview on ESPN's "First Take." He remains hopeful that Thompson will be back in February, crediting him as "a fast healer." And he believes the Warriors will have another run at a championship.

"It's not over," Iguodala said.

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.

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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.

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