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Anthony made right call; now he and Phil have hands full vs. LeBron's Cavs, NBA

Updated: July 13, 2014, 6:30 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Even with LeBron James turning the Eastern Conference upside down by returning to Cleveland, Carmelo Anthony made the right choice in free agency, and not merely because his financial adviser told him so. As much as the New York Knicks were allowed by rule to throw a lot more cash at their own guy than any competitor could, Anthony might have left on a discount if he found a sure thing.

Nobody offered him a sure thing -- not by a mile. The Chicago Bulls? Derrick Rose's recovering legs might ...

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