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Free agent small forward James White, who registered 57 NBA appearances last season with the New York Knicks, is upon penning a single-season deal with Italian Reggio Emila, European sources told Eurobasket. According to one source with knowledge of the terms, White is set to return to Italy for a third stint after playing for Dinamo Sassari during the 2010-11 season and Scavolini Pesaro the following year. Eurobasket.com

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The Knicks have declined their roughly $1 million team option for James White, which would've gone into effect next season, making him an unrestricted free agent. White's agent, Dan Curtin, confirmed the news to ESPNNewYork.com. This was predicted when the season ended. White, who specializes in defense and played in 57 games (16 starts) for the Knicks last season, has had some early NBA inquiries for 2013-14. But it's more likely he'll return overseas, where he played for several years before coming to New York. ESPN.com

What destination might be next for White? China. "There is NBA interest, but he will make much more in China," Curtin said. "We're negotiating with several Chinese teams now for big money." ESPN.com

Popular overseas, White’s representatives are in dialogue with a European League team, and they expect further interest throughout Europe and Asia. White averaged 2.2 points on 34.1 percent three-point shooting in 57 games with the Knicks last season, the 6-foot-7 guard’s third year in the NBA. RealGM

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James White's agent, William McCandless, told ESPNNewYork.com Tuesday that the small forward will "unlikely" return to the Knicks for the 2013-14 season. White has a team option for around $1 million next season that the Knicks have to decide on by June 30. If they decline, White will become an unrestricted free agent. ESPN.com

McCandless said White will field NBA offers this offseason. The 30-year-old is still valued for his versatile defense and transition game. He earned the nickname "Flight" years ago for his Olympic-caliber jumping ability. "He's going to have NBA interest, for sure. I know that," McCandless said. "More teams like him today than liked him this time last year. More teams feel like he can help." ESPN.com

However, McCandless said White won't hesitate to return overseas, where he spent five years (2007-12) before signing with the Knicks for the veteran's minimum of $854,389. White also has a strong allegiance of fans in Europe. McCandless said if White wants to make the most money, he'll continue on his previous international path, which could take him to China. Contracts in China, where White could land, are typically higher than European contracts by the month because the season is shorter. ESPN.com

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