The Kings' offseason plans include upgrading their perimeter shooting and frontcourt depth.
The team met with a player who could fill both of those needs by returning home.
Monday, the Kings hosted restricted free agent Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic. He attended Oak Ridge High School and helped the Trojans win a CIF state championship as a junior in 2005.
A four-year veteran from Cal, Anderson is coming off a season in which he was named the league's Most Improved Player.
"His journey to this point is well chronicled, and he's obviously a very popular player in Northern California," said Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie. "He's an all-around good player and a good person."
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound power forward, who was drafted in the first round by the New Jersey Nets in 2008, just completed his third season with the Magic, posting career-high averages of 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
The Kings have made a contract offer to their own restricted free agent, power forward Jason Thompson, and drafted power forward Thomas Robinson last week.
Anderson, however, is a different kind of big man because of his shooting ability. If he joins Thompson and Robinson, the Kings could use Anderson at small forward, a weakness for years.
"A lot of that depends on who's making the opinion," Petrie said of Anderson's position. "He was primarily a four (power forward) in Orlando, but he can play some other spots on the perimeter."
An excellent shooter since his Oak Ridge days, Anderson made 39.3 percent of his three-pointers last season. That would have led the Kings, who were 29th out of 30 teams at 31.6 percent last season.
The Kings have been searching for ways to create more spacing on offense, but they haven't had the outside shooting that would help make room for DeMarcus Cousins in the post or open driving lanes for Tyreke Evans.
The first day Anderson could sign an offer sheet is July 11. Orlando would have three days to match the offer.
The Kings have plenty of salary cap room (about $15 million) and the ability to put together an offer sheet Orlando might be reluctant to match.
It also might play into the Kings' favor that the Magic is busy deciding what to do with All-Star center Dwight Howard, who again has asked to be traded.
Trading Howard could begin a rebuilding process, and Orlando might not want to keep Anderson. If there is no quick resolution with Howard, the Magic still might let Anderson leave.
If Thompson signs Sacramento's offer sheet, he will make approximately $4.4 million next season, but the Kings hope to sign him to a long-term deal.
The Kings also are monitoring what happens with unrestricted free-agent swingman Terrence Williams, who impressed them in 18 games after being waived by Houston, and deciding whether to host more free agents.
"We need another quality big on our roster," Petrie said. "Once Jason's situation resolves itself, then we get to start on these other things. But I have talked to Aaron (Goodwin, Williams' agent)."