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Doc Rivers Reportedly Said No To This Carmelo Anthony Trade

Los Angeles reportedly could've traded for the All-Star but Doc said no.

A report from ESPN's Michael Eaves revealed that Chris Paul and Doc Rivers' relationship was a major reason why the All-Star guard wanted out of Los Angeles.

According to that report, the Clippers were in position to trade for Carmelo Anthony, but Rivers said no.

The reported trade would have had Los Angeles giving up Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers.

From the report:

New York offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no. That event led Paul to feel that keeping his son on the roster was more important to Doc than improving the team. So, ultimately, Paul lost both trust and faith in Doc. As one league executive put it, "Chris despises Doc."

If true, this is a horrible look for Rivers.

Adding Anthony to a team that also featured Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan would've been a huge step forward.