SATURDAY, 8:03am: The Kings are planning to sign guard David Stockton to a multiyear deal prior to the season ending, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. With Sacramento’s roster count sitting at the league maximum of 15 players, the Kings will need to clear a spot prior to Stockton putting pen to paper on his new pact. The likeliest candidate to go would be big man Sim Bhullar, whose 10-day pact ends today, Stein notes. Sacramento’s next scheduled contest is Sunday against the Nuggets.
Stockton, the son of NBA legend John Stockton, went undrafted last year after four seasons at Gonzaga. The younger Stockton was in training camp with the Wizards but didn’t make it onto Washington’s regular season roster. Sacramento had a chance to sample the 23-year-old’s wares back in February when the team inked him to a lone 10-day pact, but Stockton only appeared in one contest while on that deal, scoring one point in seven minutes of action. The player spent the balance of this season in the D-League with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento’s affiliate. In 43 D-League appearances he averaged a stellar 20.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 9.9 assists.
When Bhullar signed his 10-day deal with the Kings he made history as the first NBA player of Indian descent. The big man saw little action during his time in Sacramento, only appearing in 3 contests. Bhullar averaged 0.7 points and 0.3 rebounds in 1.0 minute per game.