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Report: Sacramento Kings to sign Royce White

Feb 27, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

Royce White

It’s easy to forget now, but Royce White was the No. 16 pick in the 2012 NBA draft for a reason.

He projected to have enormous upside thanks to his ball-handling and passing ability for his size, and he still had big-man skills to form the full package as a prospect. Before Giannis Antetokounmpo, there was Royce White.

The off-court concerns about White existed then, too, though. They’re why he slipped so far.

If not for those, the main draft debate about him would have been whether he’d be picked in the top or bottom half of the lottery. Prospects like that don’t lose all their value in two years, not even White, who has yet to play in the NBA as he’s dealt with mental-health issues.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

The Sacramento Kings recently worked out 22-year-old forward and mental health advocate Royce White and are likely to sign him to a 10-day contract, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

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The Kings definitely aren’t making the playoffs this season, and they’re wisely tilting their rotation in favor of young players. That’s a good way to evaluate and develop potential future contributors – and earn a better draft pick in the process.

It’s a sound strategy, one that shouldn’t include only players already on the roster. White is a longshot to become a significant NBA contributor, but there’s little downside fir the Kings in trying to make him into one.

There are a host of obstacles to clear, even just to get White onto the basketball court. This experiment likely won’t work, and if it doesn’t, Sacramento might even improve its lottery odds while trying it. But if it does, the Kings get value where there was none.

It’s really a can’t-lose situation. How much could White harm them in 10 days?

There’s only upside here.

  1. romestar82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Why????

    I mean c’mon guys let’s think rational here ,the kid doesn’t like to travel why toss money on him ??
    Do you not forget K.J busted his a$$ off to keep you in the city yet you come right back with this dreadful news??
    David Stern saved your arse this team just like any NBA fan was praying to go to Seattle ,at the least ,AT THE LEAST they had a plan to do something with a NBA TEAM! WHAT A FREAKING WASTE!!!!

  2. timb12 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    There’s only upside if the Kings don’t have to pay for his 10 day contract. If they were going to throw away money, I’d be more than happy to take it off of their hands.

  3. billsfanaddict - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    at least the next 3 games for them are @LA, home & home so if hes up to the task off-the-bat they’ll know what they got quickly, but, then, they got like 50 games away in a row, all over the place, so that’ll be it.

  4. ialto85 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Mental health advocate? More like lazy con-artist sociopath

    • djdadglasses - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Come on man. You don’t know anything about him other than what you’ve seen in the media and chosen to interpret as “lazy con-artist sociopath”. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, though not nearly as severe as White’s. PLEASE consider those like myself who suffer daily from panic and extreme anxiety when making blanket statements like this, because you don’t know Royce White, you don’t know how his anxiety affects his life, and you CERTAINLY don’t know how much it hurts the Mental Health Awareness community to be saying ignorant things like this.

  5. fnc111 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Mr. White,

    Grow a pair dude. Thief.

    • romestar82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      YA SCIENCE Bit*&

  6. 00maltliquor - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Only the Kings…

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Nah, you know what, it seems like a very Pistons thing to do as well.

      • trickybastard - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        and Cleveland. And the Nets. And Charlotte.

  7. zacksdad - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Maybe they brought him in to help the image of DeMarcus Cousins? Now Cousins will not known as the mental case on the team.

    • zerole00 - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Making Hitler stand next to Kim Jong-il doesn’t change the fact that they’re both crazy.

  8. scottychicago - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    I bet he trashes the organization on his twitter account before the 10 days is up.

    • sumkat - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      the fact that Royce White has the ability to communicate to anyone out of earshot shows the horrors of modern technology

  9. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    The Shaqramento Kings officially need a team shrink.

    Preferably someone jacked in case DMC and Royce White want to gang up on him in frustration.

  10. sumkat - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    I thought the kid could play, he just needed to get over his emotional issues, and obviously in that line of work, his fear of flying

    Then I got a chance to see him up close, and he really can’t play either. Would probably be worthy of a spot on the end of your bench if he didn’t have any baggage….but he does

  11. sixerstrong - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I was watching him pretty intently during the Sixers preseason. It’s immediately clear that he has unique talent, and could play 3+ positions. It was also immediately clear that he was out of shape, and didn’t really have a passion for what he was going. It’s a shame, really. He could have been something special regardless of any issues he may be dealing with.

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