John Stockton

Jazz Waive Guard David Stockton

The Jazz have waived guard David Stockton, the son of their Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets.

This comes as no surprise since the younger Stockton had already signed to play in Germany with Medi Bayreuth. Stockton had a non-guaranteed contract with the Jazz for the upcoming season.

Stockton joined Utah on a pair of 10-day contracts, then signed for the rest of the season in early April. He appeared in three games and played nine total minutes. He also made a couple of playoff cameos.

With Stockton off the books, the Jazz now have a roster total of 18, with 14 guaranteed contracts, two non-guaranteed contracts and a pair of two-way deals. Stockton had no path to playing time on the Jazz with Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto ahead of him on the point guard depth chart.

Stockton has previous overseas experience in Croatia and New Zealand. He also played three games for the Kings in 2015.

Jazz Eyeing John Stockton For Coaching Job

The Jazz plan to contact legendary point guard John Stockton to see if he’s interested in filling the team’s head coaching vacancy, reports Marc Stein of The 52-year-old is just one of perhaps 20 or so candidates the Jazz are considering in a wide-ranging search. Stockton helped the Jazz scout some players while he was at the Portsmouth Invitational last month to watch his son, and he wants some level of involvement, but it’s unclear whether he wants to coach, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News (Twitter links).

Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey told Genessy this week that the team is “getting closer to moving to the part where we’ll reach out” to coaching candidates. Stein hears that the team is likely to conduct a few introductory interviews with potential coaches at the Chicago draft combine this week. Spurs assistant Jim Boylen emerged as the front-runner in the immediate wake of the team’s decision not to renew Tyrone Corbin‘s deal. The Jazz are reportedly interested in Steve Kerr, but it doesn’t appear as though that feeling is mutual. Other rumored candidates include European coaching great Ettore Messina, Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, Jazz assistant Brad Jones and Hawks assistant Quin Snyder. Lindsey cautioned in his interview with Genessy that “all the speculation is very premature” regarding the team’s search.

Many around the league that believe Stockton would be reticent to coach, given his desire for privacy, but others think the Hall-of-Fame point guard would be a natural on the bench, Stein writes. Stockton has largely remained away from the game since his retirement as a player following the 2002/03 season.