Sacramento, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Sacramento Kings have given free-agent forward Royce White another shot at the NBA, signing him to a 10-day contract.
The Kings then assigned White to the Reno Big Horns, where he will be evaluated over four games.
A former Iowa State star and an ex-first round pick of the Houston Rockets, White 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.
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.
White was taken 16th overall by the Rockets during the 2012 NBA draft but he was never able to reach a common ground with the Rockets because of his anxiety about flying.
He missed training camp and thought the Rockets weren’t treating his mental health issues effectively. He was eventually suspended for “refusal to provide services” stipulated by his contract.
The Rockets shipped White to the Philadelphia 76ers with the rights to Turkish forward Furkan Aldemir and cash on July 13, 2013. He played for the Sixers this preseason, but was waived before the season’s start.