HoopsHype Royce White rumors


March 13, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Kings forward Royce White finished his assignment with the Reno Bighorns on Wednesday night, completing his four-game Development League assignment. White, 22, signed a 10-day contract with the Kings last Thursday. After saying he was still shaking off the rust following his third game in Reno on Tuesday, White had his best outing yet on Wednesday. He finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, three assists, three steals and a rebound in 26 minutes, in a 120-110 victory over the Iowa Energy. The four-game assignment in Reno was the first basketball action White had since the preseason in October. When asked when the last time he had touched a basketball prior to coming to the D-League, he smiled and replied, "I'd rather not say." news10.net

March 10, 2014 Updates

White is taking another shot at the NBA, after being a surprising cut by the 76ers at the end of training camp. The 22-year-old forward is in the midst of a 10-day contract he signed last week with Sacramento, which assigned him to its D-League affiliate in Reno. White has played in two games for Reno, with two games remaining -- both in Reno -- before the Kings would have to decide whether to sign him to a second 10-day deal. Indications are that is exactly what the Kings want to do. Indeed, Sacramento is intrigued enough with White that you shouldn't be surprised if the Kings keep White the rest of the season. NBA.com

White's 10-day deal expires on Saturday, the day after Reno plays at home against Idaho. If everything works out, White will likely get a second 10-day, and move down to Sacramento, where he'll work out and play with the Kings. They will be finishing a long East coast/Midwest road trip next Sunday. After they return, they'll have four straight games at Sleep Train Arena (March 18-26), so there will be no travel issues. (Everyone insists this is a coincidence. I don't believe in coincidences.) "We're looking at this as a 10-day basketball contract," Kings General Manager Pete D'Alessandro said Sunday. "The conversations with us and Royce have been really positive. We're looking forward to his continued growth. We'll take this day by day and see where it leads us." NBA.com

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March 6, 2014 Updates

The Kings will sign forward Royce White to a 10-day contract today, according to league sources. White will be assigned to the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate. White was a first-round draft pick (16th overall) of the Houston Rockets in 2012. He didn’t play for the Rockets, however, because of concerns of how to deal with his anxiety disorder, which includes a fear of flying. White played for Houston’s D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for 16 games. Sacramento Bee

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

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