Report: Kings meet with Ryan Anderson

July 8, 2012, 12:28 am
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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.