CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 4: General view during a rain delay before the game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park on July 4, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Photo: Joe Robbins, Getty Images

Bay Area Buzz 7/5: Giants Rained Out, Kings Bumble with Iggy, Will Sharks Turn to Free Agency?

Slumping Giants Rained Out, and It Feels Like a Win 

The Giants finally got a second win on this God-forsaken trip, not that they played a ballgame.

Thursday’s finale of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park was postponed by rain after a 2-hour, 20-minute delay and a radar map that showed storms lined up as far back as Hattiesburg, Miss.

This was the big-league equivalent of Crash Davis flooding the field with sprinklers to get the Durham Bulls a mental day off. The post-postponement clubhouse felt like a win. Music was playing. Guys were laughing and cracking jokes.

– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Sacramento Kings Bumble While Courting Andre Iguodala

The Kings should have let Iguodala know that while there was no fixed expiration on their contract offer, if Iguodala wasn’t prepared to accept it on the spot they would leave it out there but simultaneously court other players aggressively (Jeff Teague, anyone?). And if one of those other players happened to beat Iguodala to the punch, so to speak, the Kings wouldn’t be in a position to sign him. Using that approach, they could have impressed upon him that there was a sense of urgency, but that neither side was prohibited from exploring other options.

Instead, they took a rather hurried take-it-or-leave-it approach that was bereft of transparency and benefited no one. Iguodala feels slighted and the Kings look like a club battling with their own inferiority complex.

– Doug Brockwell, Yahoo! Sports

Will Sharks Dip Into Free Agency Waters?

History, the Sharks’ current roster, and their moves at the NHL Draft last weekend all point to a quiet weekend for the front office, much like last summer, when the club added fourth line winger Adam Burish and nothing else. Not to mention, a valid argument can be made that San Jose only needs to make minor tweaks to its roster – something that’s started already – after finishing the regular season strong and advancing to Game 7 of the second round against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

– Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area

NOTE: The “Poll of the Day” will be posted later, as we wait to find out where Dwight Howard will sign.

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