Carmelo Anthony reportedly joins LeBron James, agrees to one-year deal with Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers are turning back the clock. The team added yet another star from the 2003 NBA draft to its roster Tuesday, reportedly agreeing to a deal with forward Carmelo Anthony, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal is reportedly for one season. Anthony confirmed the news on Twitter:

Anthony, 37, spent the last two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. He mostly came off the bench for Portland last year, but still averaged 13.4 points in 24.5 minutes per game. 

Anthony should take on a similar role for the Lakers next season.

Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James finally get to play together

Rumors and speculation have existed for years regarding Anthony and James playing together. Anthony was part of the 2008 Olympic men's basketball team that won a gold medal in Beijing. That team was instrumental to James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade playing together on the Miami Heat years later. 

Anthony's contract never lined up, and his career traveled a different path. Despite that, Anthony and James have remained close, and James has openly expressed a desire to play with Anthony.

After losing in the first round of the playoffs, the Lakers are hoping to make another championship run next season. If James and Anthony Davis can stay healthy, and Russell Westbrook can put up his usual numbers, there's a chance Anthony finally wins a ring before he calls it a career.

Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James at the 2008 Olympics.
It's finally happening: Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are playing together. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

The Lakers also agreed to a deal with free agent sharpshooter Malik Monk, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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