HoopsHype Royce White rumors

December 15, 2014 Updates

Michael Malone had been pining for a backup point guard, but Sacramento Kings management had a different idea for their coach a year ago: Royce White. Here was the beginning of the end for this doomed partnership, a disagreement that widened the gulf between them. White was out of shape, had no interest in playing basketball – which had been clear when the Houston Rockets released him. He had been awful in the Development League, a malingerer, and done nothing to deserve a call-up to the Kings. "Pretty soon, they're telling [Malone]: Why aren't you putting him in the games?" one organizational source told Yahoo Sports. "That's when it really started to get bad between him and the guys upstairs." Yahoo! Sports

April 7, 2014 Updates

The woman who claims she engineered the intense P.R. offensive to save Royce White's NBA career says the former 1st round draft pick is totally screwing her over -- refusing to pay more than $70k in bills ... TMZ Sports has learned. China Myers is suing White -- claiming she was hired back in 2012 when he was drafted by the Houston Rockets with a mission to strengthen his image and reputation. Of course, White famously battled with the Rockets -- claiming they didn't make the necessary accommodations for his mental health issues ... which included an anxiety disorder that made him afraid to fly. TMZ.com

March 27, 2014 Updates

The 22-year-old forward was not in the gym when the Kings practiced Thursday afternoon as his second 10-day contract expired Thursday. The Kings did not sign him to a new contract for the rest of the season, but head coach Michael Malone wouldn’t rule out a possible return for the rookie forward. “The door is not closed,” Malone said after practice when asked about the potential for White to rejoin the team after its upcoming three-game road trip. “The 10-day has ended, but that doesn’t mean that the relationship has ended for good.” Cowbell Kingdom

March 24, 2014 Updates

Not only must he prove he can still play, White has to show he can handle the rigors of the league's schedule, including his first road trip this week. He's on his second 10-day deal with the Kings this month, and he knows nothing beyond that is guaranteed. "Those thoughts do come where it's like, 'If this doesn't work out, will I even go at it again?'" White said. Sacramento Bee

March 22, 2014 Updates

One of the only things he knows for sure at this point is that it feels different than his season with the Rockets of disagreements over treatments and D-League stints with Rio Grande Valley that led nowhere. “Oh, yeah,” White said. “It feels a lot different. In all fairness to Houston, they were in a much different position. A lot of things, they couldn’t make a ruling on themselves as much as the league. They had to wait on a lot of OKs and things from people. It was a real complex situation. But it feels very different. Everything’s different. The organization’s different, the city’s different, the people are different, my teammates are different.” “Are you different?” “I’m probably the least different out of the entire equation,” White said. “But I’m in a different place. I’m definitely feeling more comfortable with the ability to have a successful career in this league.” NBA.com

“The question was asked yesterday, ‘Is your hope that Royce’s playmaking ability, do you hope that’s contagious?’ ” Malone said. “Obviously you don’t want to be a team that is just a dribble, dribble, dribble, shoot and not pass to the open man. We want to be a team that’s hard to guard…. Having a guy out there that will make plays for his teammates and find the open man is always is a welcome sight for us.” NBA.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

According to a league source, the Kings will extend Royce White’s stay in Northern California later today, but the 22-year old forward will likely not play against the Washington Wizards tonight at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings will announce the re-signing of White to a second 10-day contract after his first deal expired Saturday. But he has yet to practice with the team and is not expected to make his debut in Sacramento until Friday at the earliest, when the Kings take on the San Antonio Spurs. Cowbell Kingdom

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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

March 8, 2014 Updates

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