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The Los Angeles Clippers are contemplating the idea of trying to sign a veteran free agent, primarily for help in reserve, and talk around the league is forward Carmelo Anthony and guard Iman Shumpert are among the names they are considering.
Anthony played just 10 games last season before the Houston Rockets decided to part ways. He was traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived in January.
The Clippers landed All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this offseason, and Anthony could potentially offer some scoring pop off the bench in the frontcourt. It’s hard to tell, though, if that’s a role he’s willing to perform.
The Clippers have already added Maurice Harkless and JaMychal Green as reserves at forward.
Meanwhile, Shumpert ended last season with the Rockets after being traded from the Sacramento Kings. He was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ title-winning team of 2016. He plays anywhere from point guard to small forward, with shooting guard being his primary position.
Lou Williams and Landry Shamet are viewed as the Clippers’ top players off the bench in the backcourt. Shumpert would most definitely add a defensive presence to that unit.
Both Anthony and Shumpert are unrestricted free agents and drawing minimal interest with the start of training camp less than a month away. Because of that, teams seem to believe either player would accept an offer for the veteran’s minimum salary.
Anthony has been working out and playing pickup games with members of the Brooklyn Nets. He is said to have interest in playing for the Nets or returning to the New York Knicks. He almost certainly would be willing to join a potential Finals team such as the Clippers.
Anthony, 35, is 6-foot-8 and averaged 13.4 point in his stint with the Rockets last season. He averaged 16.2 points in 78 games with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017-18.
Shumpert, is 6-5 and averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 62 total games.