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July 2, 2012
Kings host restricted free agent Ryan Anderson

The Kings met with restricted free agent Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic Monday.

Anderson was named the NBA's Most Improved Player after posting career highs for 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Magic in his fourth NBA season.

Anderson (6-10, 240) isn't the small forward the Kings are presumed to need, but he would provide outside shooting, which the Kings desperately need after finishing 29th in three-point shooting.

Anderson shot 39.3 percent from beyond the arc last season.

Anderson is a local product. He attended Oak Ridge High School, winning a state championship in 2005 before moving on to Cal. Anderson spent two seasons at Cal before entering the NBA Draft. He was a first-round pick of New Jersey and traded to Orlando after his rookie season.

The Kings' stated priority is to re-sign power forward Jason Thompson. If the Kings sign Anderson to an offer sheet, it would likely mean Thompson is moving on because the Kings drafted another power forward, Thomas Robinson, last week.

What could play into the Kings' favor is the drama involving Dwight Howard. The Magic might not match an offer to Anderson while it sorts out what direction the franchise is going with Howard.

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