June 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) reacts to his home run with second baseman Tony Abreu (10) against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 7/1: Not About Hitting for Giants, Shopping Lee, McLemore New Centerpiece, Raiders' WR Competition

It’s Not About the Hitting for the Giants

The big topic after the Giants won 5-2 Sunday to end their six-game losing streak will center on the offense, which is natural since THEY SCORED FIVE RUNS!

But that is not the key issue moving forward for the Giants. Yes, they cannot score one and two runs a game and expect to go anywhere. But they’ll be better. Pablo Sandoval is not going to hit like he did in an 0-for-17 run during the current 1-5 road trip. Hunter Pence is going to do damage. Brandon Crawford will come out of his slide.

As I mentioned in the game story, it’s always about the pitching for this team. The rotation has improved, but a lot of that is Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, who are pitching like a 1 and 2 should. The problem is consistency beyond that.

- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors Open to Trading David Lee

Lee was almost like a de facto member of the front office, at least in terms of public perception. It was Lee who was on stage with Gavin Newsom, Ed Lee and the Warriors’ brass at the press conference announcing the Warriors’ intention to move Piers 30-32 in San Francisco, not Curry. Even if Lee is traded, it seems likely he’d end up back with the organization in some capacity if Lacob sticks around for the long haul. However, from now on, Lee is an asset like any other — not THE favorite.

In any case, this is shaping up to be the most interesting Warriors offseason in years. Unless nothing happens, then Lee’s presence on the team and his reaction (or lack thereof) to the first trade rumors involving his name since he was traded to the Warriors will make for some interesting stories during the season.

- Bay Area Sports Guy

McLemore is the New Centerpiece of the Kings

McLemore is the new centerpiece of the Kings.  He may not be the No. 1 option or even a starter on opening night, but he is the first pick that D’Alessandro has ever made as Kings general manager.  He is going to get every opportunity to succeed and for good reason.  He is an incredible athlete with a sweet perimeter stroke.  He has some holes in his game as a ball handler, but at 20-years-old and only one season of collegiate ball under his belt, Malone will have a huge influence on how this kid is developed.

- James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom

Oakland Raiders Training Camp Competition: Wide Receivers

The Raiders are in good shape at the wide receiver position. Although they are young and inexperienced, they have talent. They will have some very difficult decisions to make after training camp. This will be a position to watch. The player’s training camp performances will determine their stay with the team. Either way the Raiders will have tough evaluations to make and will have to cut some talented players.

- Nick Gill, Sports Media 101

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