NBA free agency 2021: Carmelo Anthony joins forces with LeBron James, agrees to one-year deal with Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers will sign free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony to a one-year deal, his manager tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will presumably be for the veteran’s minimum, the same amount he has played for over the past two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The signing represents a career-long goal for Anthony and close friend LeBron James. The two have played together for Team USA, but never in the NBA. James even told Howard Beck in 2016 that he would take a pay cut to play with Anthony, Dwyane Wade (who remains retired) and Chris Paul (who was out of the Lakers’ price range this offseason). James will still make his maximum salary this season.

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