The Scoop: They will max out their 15-man roster by inking Jared Cunningham on Monday, leaving White to look elsewhere for temporary employment. Kings writer Jason Jones reports that the team's coaches and management were impressed by White, but felt that it was imperative to sign a guard.
The Sacramento Kings chose not to sign troubled forward Royce White for the remainder of the season after his second 10-day contract expired. White, who struggles with anxiety disorder and a fear of flying, signed with the Kings on March 6 and then spent time in the NBA Development League, starting four games for Reno and averaging 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 24.8 minutes. But when White joined the Kings, he played just nine minutes in three games before he was let go. A 2012 first-round draft pick by the Houston Rockets, White was critical of the Rockets' handling of his situation and in July was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, who released him before the start of the current season.
The Scoop:The Kings will now have to decide whether to sign White to a contract for the rest of the season or allow him to become a free agent. We'll update this situation once the Kings make a decision, but White has only played nine total minutes over three games with the Kings and can be safely left on fantasy waiver wires.
Royce White leaned back in a chair in the Sacramento Kings locker room, looked at the veteran players around him and joked about why he'd be the one getting an interview request. The 16th overall pick of the 2012 draft best known for his contentious and public disagreement with the Houston Rockets over how to treat his anxiety disorder, which includes a fear of flying, is trying to make a new name for himself with the Sacramento Kings late this season. He's on his second 10-day deal with the Kings this month, and he knows nothing beyond that is guaranteed.
Programming note: Kings-Bucks coverage starts Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California (territory restrictions apply) Channel locations Royce White made his NBA debut for the Kings on Friday night, and for the first time on the professional level, it was something that didnt involve one bit of controversy or strife. White has a well-documented anxiety disorder that made (and may still make) life as a professional basketball player a challenge, but that alone wasnt the reason he found himself out of the league before Sacramento signed him to consecutive 10-day contracts.
Royce White made his NBA debut for the Kings on Friday in a one-minute appearance.
The Scoop:White's conditioning is an issue and it's unrealistic to expect him to step into the NBA and be productive right off the bat. Because he tends to pass rather than shoot he is intriguing fit at power forward with liabilities Reggie Evans and Quincy Acy getting regular minutes, but playing next to two catch-and-hold guys in DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay his talents get somewhat negated by playing styles. Look for him to get a chance to show his stuff one way or another.
Sacramento is giving Royce White a real chance. Houston drafted him at No. 16 in 2012 but the two sides clashed very publicly over how to accommodate Whites general anxiety disorder. Houston eventually wearied of the fight and traded him to Philadelphia, but for the Sixers that was always more of a move to save cash than it was them seeing White as part of their future. On March 6 the Kings picked up White with a 10-day contract and sent him to their D-League affiliate in Reno for a few games.
SACRAMENTO--The Sacramento Kings signed forward Royce White to a second 10-day contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete DAlessandro.The 6-foot-8 forward, signed by the Kings to a 10-day contract on March 6, immediately reported to the Bighorns and averaged 8.8 points (.367 FG%, .333 3pt%, .625 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.50 steals and 24.8 minutes per game in starting four games. Twice White scored in double-figures.White was drafted No. 16 overall in 2012 by the Houston Rockets out of Iowa State, but has failed to live up to expectations in his career due to ongoing anxiety.