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Report: Carmelo Anthony met Clippers in person before season started

Carmelo Anthony

Looking for a job before the season stared, Carmelo Anthony met with the Los Angeles Clippers in person, according to Ian Begley of SNY.

Doc Rivers and the Clippers, who acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the offseason, showed some level of interest in Anthony but didn’t pull the trigger:

Anthony, per SNY sources, also met in person with the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the season; members of the Miami Heat organization were also in favor of signing Anthony prior to the season, sources say; clearly there wasn’t enough support from decision-makers in either organization to get a deal done.

While there were rumors that Anthony could join LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers were the team that came the closest to signing the 10-time All-Star, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. Anthony signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, ending his more than one-year exile from the NBA.

The Clippers are 18-7 on the season. They have the second-best record in the West. The Clippers have solid depth at the forward positions, so they didn’t really have a spot for Anthony, who is averaging 15.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 10 games with the Blazers.