Free Agency 2021

Report: Carmelo Anthony to sign one-year deal with Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers' busy offseason reportedly continues.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony has agreed to a one-year deal to join the Lakers.

Not long after, Anthony took to Twitter, seemingly to confirm the report, sharing a graphic that reads "MELO," featuring the Lakers' signature "L" logo.

Anthony, 37, is coming off of a season in which he averaged 13.4 points and 3.1 rebounds on .421/.409/.890 shooting splits over 69 games (three starts) with the Portland Trail Blazers. In six postseason games, Anthony averaged 12.3 points and 3.2 rebounds as Portland was eliminated in six games.

A 10-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA performer and one-time scoring champ who is on the all-time top-10 scoring list, Anthony has an impressive list of accolades, but an NBA Finals appearance - and an NBA title - have eluded him up to this point in his career.

By reportedly agreeing to a deal with Los Angeles, Anthony is set to join his good friend and fellow member of the 2003 NBA Draft class, LeBron James.

The Lakers have been extremely active this offseason, reportedly acquiring 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook via trade and reaching agreements with free agents Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington Jr., Dwight Howard and Malik Monk.

In addition to the connection with LeBron, Anthony spent a season as teammates with Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder and shared the floor with Bazemore for a brief time in Portland.

After the seventh-seeded Lakers came up short in the opening round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs to the eventual Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns, the team has taken an aggressive approach to the offseason, reaching a number of reported deals with a number of veterans who stand to make an impact in the upcoming season.

Deals can only be agreed upon in principle until Aug. 6 at 12:01 p.m. (ET) when they can be signed and made official.

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