HoopsHype Royce White rumors

March 5, 2014 Updates

The Kings expect to sign White to a 10-day contract on Thursday and immediately assign him to the Reno Big Horns, where he will be evaluated over four games. The former Iowa State star has battled an anxiety disorder and has a fear of flying. If White's D-League stint goes well, the Kings will likely sign him to a second 10-day contract and add him to their active roster. Yahoo! Sports

White is expected to practice with the Big Horns on Thursday in Reno. He could make his Big Horns debut against the Idaho Stampede on Friday night. Kings executives are expected to be on hand during the four games that White is expected to play in Reno. Yahoo! Sports

February 28, 2014 Updates

Though talented forward and mental health advocate Royce White appeared this week to be likely to sign a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings, it remains to be seen if that deal goes down as expected. As was initially reported, a White-Kings union was not expected to take place this week. The Kings were all in on the idea of adding White, but one has to wonder how the time element and the fluidity of the February free agency period comes into play here — not to mention the always-fascinating dynamic that occurs when a team's plans are made public and decision makers get a chance to read the room, so to speak. USA Today Sports

February 26, 2014 Updates

Are the Sacramento Kings planning to sign free agent forward Royce White? According to head coach Michael Malone, adding White to the roster is not a transaction that’s anywhere close to completion. “It’s obviously this time of year with buyouts and free agents and all that,” Malone said after practice on Tuesday. “I think a lot of the rumors will start about potential signings here and there. But as far as Royce White goes and the Sacramento Kings, there’s nothing imminent at all in regards to that.” Cowbell Kingdom

Jonathan Feigen: Soon to have a roster spot, heard Kings worked out former Rockets 1st-round pick Royce White. Could sign him after Fredette clears waivers. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

January 27, 2014 Updates

Morey believes his worst moves as a GM were drafting Royce White and surrendering a first-round draft pick in the Terrence Williams trade. Daryl Morey: “I take some sort of pride that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. He’s the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn’t just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows we swing for the fence,” Morey quipped. Clutchfans

December 11, 2013 Updates

One of the more recent athletes whose career has suffered at least in part because of his fear of flying is Royce White, the former first-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets who was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and then waived prior to this season. White didn't help his chances of making his new team when he failed to make an overseas trip to Europe with the 76ers at the outset of the preseason, just as his reluctance to fly hurt him in Houston after the Rockets made him the 16th pick of the 2012 draft. "It's always going to be rough for me to a certain extent," said White, who never played at all for the Rockets and has yet to see action in a regular-season NBA game. "But it is what it is. Everything has to be looked at with a certain perspective - and when it comes to dealing with a phobia, there is a healthy way to do things and an unhealthy way to do things. I'm trying to stay on that healthy side." SportsonEarth

December 3, 2013 Updates

Royce White still wants to play professional basketball. He's just looking for the right fit. "I'm optimistic it will happen," the former Iowa State star said. "We're in contact with some teams. Quite a few more than expected. People are more understanding than you think. It's not an insensitive crowd. There are teams involved. It's finding a situation that's appropriate." USA Today Sports

White has a well-documented anxiety disorder that has prevented him from playing. He was cut by the Philadelphia 76ers in October. "Basketball is in a flux for me at this point, but it's something that happens to a lot of guys in their early careers," said White, 22. "For me, it's can we find a team that has the right setup, has an open mind, wants to understand what I'm saying, and other things that we've discovered since I've been in the league." USA Today Sports

White's anxiety disorder includes an occasional fear of flying, although he flew to the 76ers' preseason games. "That's been overblown, but that is the world that is the media," he said. "I flew the preseason without medication, partly to show that I was willing to travel and to see if I could do it." USA Today Sports

October 25, 2013 Updates
October 24, 2013 Updates

“Realistically, you know where you’re at,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game, later adding that roster cuts will likely be made before Monday’s deadline. “There are a few positions – maybe as few as one – that you’re uncertain about. And we’ll try to learn more about that tonight.” Of particular note, Brown seemed to indicate that Royce White may have secured a roster spot, saying the Sixers “genuinely hope” it works out with him here. White (6-8, 260) was the 16th overall selection in the 2012 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, but has a sometimes-debilitating anxiety disorder and prefers to travel by personal bus rather than plane because air travel has triggered panic attacks. Delaware News Journal

October 19, 2013 Updates
October 17, 2013 Updates

Royce White flew with the Sixers to Charlotte. The power forward, who has an anxiety disorder and a fear of flying, did not travel to Spain and England for the first two preseason games. White, acquired in a July trade with the Houston Rockets, was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft. The 22-year-old star out of Iowa State played 16 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' D-League affiliate. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 16, 2013 Updates

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