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Los Angeles Lakers to land Carmelo Anthony, add Malik Monk

Aug 29, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) talks to guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) as Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) looks on during the third quarter in game five of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) talks to guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) as Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) looks on during the third quarter in game five of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony is joining close friend LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports.

Anthony agreed to a one-year deal according to his manager, Bay Frazier, and is set to join a rebuilt roster expected to include Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington and Malik Monk.

Monk agreed to a deal with the Lakers on Tuesday, per ESPN.

Anthony came out of retirement to play a meaningful role with the Portland Trail Blazers the past two seasons. At 37, the 10-time All-Star can still score — and shoot. In 2020-21 he averaged 13.4 points per game and shot over 40 percent from 3-point range for the second time in his 18 NBA seasons.

The Lakers are also in agreement on a trade for Russell Westbrook that can become official on Thursday. In that swap, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma would relocate to the Washington Wizards.

Given the massive salary figures for Westbrook, James and Anthony Davis — $120 million combined with Westbrook’s $44 million figure added to the scrolls — general manager Rob Pelinka has been shopping for short-term bargains to round out the roster.

Backup point guard Alex Caruso agreed to join the Chicago Bulls on a four-year deal on Monday.

–Field Level Media