For Ryan Anderson, Northern Californiais a former home.Anderson was born in Sacramento and attended Oak Ridge HighSchool in El Dorado Hills, winning a CIF state championship his junior year. Hethen stayed local and played in college for Cal.Now after four years in the NBA, Anderson may get a chance to return home.The Kings met with the power forward on Monday, as reportedby the Sacramento Bee. Andersonis a restricted free agent and has played for the Orlando Magic for the pastthree seasons.Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrieexplained why there might be interest in the 6-foot, 10-inch forward.His journey to this point is well chronicled, and he'sobviously a very popular player in Northern California,Petrie told the Sacramento Bee. He's an all-around good player and a goodperson.Andersonwas the NBAs Most Improved Player, scoring 16.1 points and grabbing 7.7rebounds for the Magic last season. The biggest contribution Anderson could bring to the Kings might behis shooting from behind the arc. Andersonled the NBA with 166 made three-pointers last season.Sacramentofinished second-to-last in the league last season in three-point shooting witha 31.6 percentage. Andersonwould have led the team, making 39.3 percent of his attempts.As Andersonis a restricted free agent, the Magic would have the opportunity to match anypotential offer from the Kings or any other team.The Kings have their own restricted free agent to focus on,one whose re-signing could make the power forward spot crowded for a possible Anderson addition.Power forward Jason Thompson, who Petrie has said is theKings top priority during free agency, has yet to accept the Kings multiyearoffer.Between Thompson and Thomas Robinson, whom Sacramento selected with the No. 5 pick inthe NBA Draft in June, thats a lot of money potentially committed to powerforwards.The Kings have roughly 15 million dollars in cap room, butthe Sacramento Bee reported 3 million of that is reserved for Robinson withanother 6 million set aside for Thompson.With only 6 million left, Sacramentomight be unable to force Orlando to part wayswith Andersoneven if the Kings decide to commit to him.If signed, the Kings would then face the question of how tobest utilize him. An effective rebounder, Anderson would likely play best atpower forward. But with two other effective power forwards, the Kings might seeif he is athletic enough to play small forward.He was primarily a four (power forward) in Orlando, Petrie told the Sacramento Bee.But he can play some other spots on the perimeter.Would you like to see the Kings make an offer to RyanAnderson? Comment below.
Over the last three seasons, nobody has registered more saves than new Giants closer Mark Melancon.
The three-time All-Star is 131 for 141 in save opportunities over that span.
Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper spoke with Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo about what Melancon brings to the table.
"Mike (Krukow) and I both talked to F.P. and he basically said, 'He's boring. The ninth inning is boring.' And we were like, 'Really? Wow. We haven't seen that in awhile.' So a boring ninth inning would be good for everybody," Kuiper said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "Our fans, it would certainly be good for our manager and pitching coach because those two guys had to wear it."
The Giants blew 30 saves in 2016 -- the most in baseball -- and Giants GM Bobby Evans made it very clear from the moment the season ended that adding a closer was the team's top priority.
San Francisco is confident assimilating Melancon won't be an issue.
He looks like one of those guys who will fit into the clubhouse immediately," Kuiper said.
The Giants were able to pluck free-agent All-Star closer Mark Melancon away from the Nationals.
Washington manager Dusty Baker isn't happy about it.
“I hate losing Melancon, because I’m going to tell you, he was very good, but we’ve still got a chance on landing some guys," Baker said on MLB Network Radio. "“I got input but I'm not putting in money and that's what real input it is, you know what I mean?
"And so my input was such that — we all wanted Melancon, but we don't have the budget or the packed stadium for 800 games in a row like the Giants do. They have more resources than we do. We’ve got a lower budget and everybody has a budget.”
Melancon's deal includes an opt-out after the second year, similar to the one given to Johnny Cueto a year ago. Melancon will get a $20 million signing bonus with $8 million deferred. He is due $4 million in salary in 2017 and $10 million in 2018, and if he opts out, he gets that money plus the full signing bonus, turning this into a two-year, $34 million pact.
If Melancon doesn’t opt out, he will make $14 million in each of his final two seasons. He also received a full no-trade clause.
“If we would have spent that on Melancon, we wouldn't have been able to spend anything on anybody else," Baker added. "But you've got to do what you can do inside the budget. If I had real input, I would have probably spent another $200 million.”