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July 2, 2012
Petrie update on free agency

Things had been pretty quiet in terms of free agency until today when the Kings hosted restricted free agent forward Ryan Anderson.

Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, as promised, began free agency last Saturday by reaching out Jason Thompson's agent, Leon Rose.

"Our first phone call was to Leon about Jason," Petrie said. "We talked ...and put a proposal in front of him and we've made a number of calls on different players. And today we had lunch with Ryan Anderson. We're continuing to monitor things. Restricted free agency on both sides is a little bit different."

Anderson and Thompson are both restricted.

There's already speculation about whether Anderson (6-10, 240) could play small forward.

"A lot of that depends on who's making the opinion," Petrie said. "He was primarily a four (power forward) in Orlando but he can play some other spots on the perimeter."

What Anderson would give the Kings is a player that fits into Keith Smart's style. he would give the Kings lineup flexibility, shooting and smarts on the floor.

For a "stretch" power forward, Anderson is a decent rebounder. Surely playing next to Dwight Howard helps with that.

Anderson would be paired with another excellent rebounder and a good passer in DeMarcus Cousins, should he at some point join the Kings.

The Kings haven't forgotten about Terrence Williams. The swingman who stepped in and became the team's best passer after stops in New Jersey and Houston will have to wait for Thompson's situation to be resolved before the Kings address re-signing him.

Williams said he wanted to make a decision early in free agency. Perhaps he should call Thompson and tell him to hurry up (I kid, I kid).

One Kings who should lobby for Williams' return is Jimmer Fredette. No one was better at setting up Fredette than Williams.

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