Carmelo Anthony, according to various sources, will join close buddy LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to Anthony’s manager, Bay Frazier, he has agreed to a one-year agreement and will join a reconstructed roster that will include Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Kendrick Nunn, and Malik Monk.
According to ESPN, Monk agreed to a deal with the Lakers on Tuesday, before the team signed Kendrick Nunn to a two-year, $10 million deal.
Nunn, whose qualifying offer from the Miami Heat was withdrawn, reportedly turned down more money elsewhere to join the Lakers, according to ESPN.
According to various sources, restricted free agent Talen Horton-Tucker has signed to a three-year, $32 million agreement to continue with the organization.
Anthony has spent the previous two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he has played a significant role. The 10-time All-Star is still able to score and shoot at the age of 37. For the second time in his 18 NBA seasons, he averaged 13.4 points per game and shot over 40% from 3-point range.
The Lakers have also agreed to a deal for Russell Westbrook, which may be finalized on Thursday. Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Kyle Kuzma would join the Washington Wizards in that deal.
Given the high salaries of Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis ($120 million combined with Westbrook’s $44 million added to the scrolls), general manager Rob Pelinka has been looking for short-term bargains to round out the group.
On Monday, backup point guard Alex Caruso signed to a four-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.