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.
Programming note: Padres-Giants coverage starts today at 6:00pm with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.
Andy Green and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for today's series opener at AT&T Park:
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Erick Aybar (S) SS
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Jabari Blash (R) RF
9. Luis Perdomo (R) P
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P
SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.
But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.
“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”
Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.
He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.
There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.
“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”
Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.
“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”
Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.
"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.
"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."