Kings keeping Eric Moreland over David Stockton


The Kings waived Eric Moreland in July rather than guaranteeing his full salary.

They watched other teams pursue him but eventually re-signed him with just a $200,000 guarantee.

That finagling paid off with a player worth keeping.

Kings release:

The Sacramento Kings announced today they have waived guard David Stockton, according to Kings Vice President and General Manager Vlade Divac.

Stockton and Moreland were jockeying for Sacramento’s final regular-season roster spot. Now, the Kings have the regular-season limit of 15 players.

Moreland rebounds well and blocks shots, but he’s limited. He’ll probably spend time developing with Sacramento’s D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. If the Kings need to clear a roster spot, they can waive him at a lower cost than if they’d kept him on his previous deal.

Stockton played better than I expected in the preseason, but he had no guarantee. Plus, Sacramento had no role for him behind Rajon Rondo, Darren Collison and Seth Curry. Stockton at least earned another chance to make an NBA team in the future.