The latest of Laker star team-ups is one long in the making.
Carmelo Anthony, 37, is joining the Lakers on a one-year deal, adding a veteran scoring presence who has logged more than 27,000 career points, made 10 All-Star appearances and helped secure three Olympic gold medals – but has never made it to the NBA Finals.
The long-rumored move was first reported by ESPN, but Anthony confirmed it himself on his social media accounts, superimposing a Lakers’ “L” onto his “Melo” brand logo. It will team two of the biggest names and close friends from the legendary 2003 NBA Draft – Anthony and LeBron James – for the first time in their pro careers.
Anthony isn’t the only addition announced early Tuesday afternoon: The Lakers also added Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, 26, and Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk, 23. Nunn reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal while eschewing a larger offer from the New York Knicks, according to The Athletic. Monk signed with the Lakers for a veteran minimum salary.
Anthony is the biggest name to join the Lakers so far this offseason, though he is a profoundly different player from his prime. While James, who was selected two spots ahead of him in the draft, is still a franchise player for the Lakers just a year removed from being named Finals MVP for a fourth time, Anthony was chiefly a reserve for the Portland Trail…