Sacra­mento Kings sign a deal with Bhullar in his­toric move

The China Post - - SPORTS -

The Sacra­mento Kings signed Sim Bhullar to a 10-day con­tract on Thurs­day, mak­ing the tow­er­ing cen­ter the first player of In­dian de­scent on an NBA team’s reg­u­larsea­son ros­ter.

The Kings, owned by In­dian soft­ware mag­nate Vivek Ranadive, brought Bhullar in from the Reno Bighorns, Sacra­mento’s af­fil­i­ate in the NBA Devel­op­ment League.

The 7-foot-5-inch (2.27m) Bhullar has spent the en­tire sea­son with the Bighorns, af­ter at­tend­ing the Kings’ pre-sea­son train­ing camp.

Bhullar is av­er­ag­ing 10.3 points, 8.8 re­bounds and 3.9 blocks in the D-League this sea­son.

The 22-year-old, who was born in Canada to In­dian-born par­ents, was a two-time West­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment Most Valu­able Player for New Mex­ico State Uni­ver­sity as they reached the NCAA Tour­na­ment in 2013 and 2014. He was un­drafted last June but was brought into train­ing camp by the Kings be­fore land­ing in Reno.

Although con­di­tion­ing has been a con­cern for the 350-pound (159 kg) player, Kings coach Ge­orge Karl said Bhullar could add “a very in­ter­est­ing di­men­sion to the game.”


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