Report: Los Angeles Lakers Trying To Sign Carmelo Anthony

Despite the first day of free agency being inundated with signings, the smoke is far from being settled. The latest deal rumored to be finalized by the end of today revolves around the Lakers and Carmelo Anthony. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "one more player who they're [Lakers] trying to sign and could decide as soon as today, Carmelo Anthony."

Wojnarowski expounds upon his report by adding that this deal would be congruous with the rest of their recent signings. With the signing of Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles is relegated to acquiring many players at the veteran minimum — such as Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza. Anthony, 37, fits that bill; he also has an affinity with LeBron James that transcends basketball.

Anthony averaged 13.4 points last season with the Trailblazers and shot 40.9% from beyond the arc. In the event that he does sign with the Lakers, the 10-time All-Star will likely come off the bench and act as a scoring punch.

This move would pair Anthony with James, his long-time friend. It would be the first time the two will have played together since their time on the Olympic team.

Other notable acquisitions by Los Angeles include the marksman Wayne Ellington and Kent Bazemore. 

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