David Stockton, Kings near new deal likely to leave Sim Bhullar off roster

ByMarc Stein via ESPN logo
Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Sacramento Kings are planning to re-sign guard David Stockton before the end of their season to a multiyear deal, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that Stockton, son of Hall of Fame guard John Stockton, will soon rejoin the Kings after playing out a 10-day contract with Sacramento last month.

The younger Stockton, 23, has rung up a string of triple-doubles since returning to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League and is poised to sign a deal with Sacramento that will include a second season to give him an opportunity to make the Kings' 2015-16 roster in training camp.

Sacramento, though, will have to open a roster spot to bring Stockton back, which could mean the end of center Sim Bhullar's NBA trial run. Bhullar's 10-day contract with the Kings -- which made him the first player of Indian descent in league history -- expires Saturday. The Kings' next game is Sunday in Denver.

Bhullar, though, certainly will remain in the Kings' plans even if he is not signed to a rest-of-the-season deal. The 7-foot-5 center spent the bulk of the season playing alongside Stockton in Reno with the Kings' D-League affiliate and is expected to return to Sacramento's NBA Summer League squad in Las Vegas in July, given Kings owner and India activist Vivek Ranadive's fondness for him.