Sacramento Kings Free Agency: Ryan Anderson Would Be a Nice Addition

Jon WilsonContributor IIIJuly 4, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 26:  Ryan Anderson #33 of the Orlando Magic celebrates a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Sacramento Kings president and general manager Geoff Petrie met with Orlando Magic forward—and restricted free agent—Ryan Anderson on Monday over lunch, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reported. 

The Kings, desperately in need of a small forward and a perimeter shooter, could take care of two needs with one player with the addition of Anderson.

Last season Anderson, a Sacramento native and Oak Ridge High star, averaged 16.1 points per game, shot 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game––all career highs. He was also named the NBA's Most Improved Player.

Anderson is 6'10" and played primarily power forward for the Magic, but with center DeMarcus Cousins and rookie forward Thomas Robinson—and potentially forward Jason Thompson if decides to accept the Kings' offer that was presented to him—already on the roster, Anderson could slide down to the much needed small forward position and use his height and shooting ability to help space the floor for the Kings.

Anderson's 39.3 three-point shooting percentage was higher than any player on the Kings last season. 

Anderson is a good player and could be just the type of free agent that could push the Kings over the edge and on their way to their first winning season since 2005-2006

The tough thing about targeting a restricted free agent like Anderson, though, is that the Magic can match any offer the Kings potentially present to Anderson. The first day free agents can sign offer sheets is July 11 and the Magic would have three days to match any potential offer Anderson receives.  

Since Anderson was one of the best players on the Magic last year, and the Magic are facing the possibility of a future without Dwight Howard or starting point guard/free agent Jameer Nelson, it's not likely the Magic will decline to match a potential offer made by the Kings or any other team.

On top of that, the Kings only have two roster spots open at the moment with roughly $15 million available in cap space, and Petrie said re-signing Thompson is the Kings' number one priority in free agency, Jones also reported.

Thompson is currently slated to make roughly $4.1 million next season, according to, but that number will go up if the Kings are successful in convincing him to stay put. 

For the Kings to nab Anderson they will likely need to offer him a contract that is more lucrative than the Magic are willing to offer, meaning there may not be enough money available to sign both Thompson and Anderson—anyone who has followed the Kings' annual spending over the years knows there is no chance they will go over the salary cap.

So landing Anderson is a long shot, but for the sake of the Sacramento Kings I hope they find a way to sign him.

I hope Petrie and Anderson's lunch eventually leads to more than just full stomachs.