Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is pressured by Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers to continue pursuing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony

Even while targeting several second tier players in hopes to improve the roster, the Clippers still have their eyes on the biggest fish in the free agent sea: LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

With each moment that passes, the likelihood of James or Anthony joining the Clippers seems to lessen. There never appeared to be a moment where Los Angeles felt like the frontrunner for a superstar small forward. The location is perfect and the contention status is perfect. The issue is the team lacks the assets or cap space to absolve a near-max contract player.

And based on the words of Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in an interview post the introduction of the franchises 2014 first-round draft pick in C.J. Wilcox, it doesn’t sound like the organization is up to gutting the team in hopes of improvement, rather building on the set foundation.

“We don’t need to take away from our team, we need to add to our team. That’s my mindset going into free agency.”

Of course, Rivers hasn’t always been a man of his words when it comes to player movement. Last season, Rivers uttered a similar statement, then Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler were traded to the Phoenix Suns for Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick (Milwaukee) soon after.

While Carmelo Anthony plans on meeting with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in the next days, LeBron James will have his representation speak to teams while he catches the World Cup in person. Based on reports, the first teams James’ agents will speak with are the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Houston Rockets.

If the Clippers want to hop into this, they likely can, but it’s a matter of will they or won’t they. This franchise was two games removed from facing a San Antonio Spurs team that struggled with them in the regular season.

The front office knows a massive turnover isn’t needed, but appeasing two of the best 10 players in the world is never a bad thing.

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