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Lakers put their efforts into wooing Carmelo Anthony
Lakers put their efforts into wooing Carmelo Anthony

The Lakers think they have a substantially better chance of landing high-profile scorer Carmelo Anthony than two-time champion LeBron James, The Times has learned. They believe they can pry Anthony away from a New York return even though he can make more money with the Knicks. They weren't certain they would be granted a sit-down with James, and even if they did, the belief around the league was that James would return to Miami if the Heat improved the nucleus of a team that lost in the NBA Finals to San Antonio. Anthony, 30, planned to meet with the Lakers on Thursday after opting out of a contract that would have paid him $23.3 million next season. He will have visited Dallas,...

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