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Sacramento Kings recall Royce White from D-League

Mar 14, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

Royce White

Royce White, the former first-round pick whose anxiety issues have kept him from playing in the NBA, is one step closer to making his NBA debut.

The Sacramento Kings signed White to a 10-day contract, immediately assigning him to the D-League. After posting 8.8 points on 37 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 24.8 minutes per game with the Reno Bighorns, he’s getting a promotion.

Kings team release:

The Sacramento Kings today recalled forward Royce White from the Kings D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.

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This likely a sign the Kings plan to offer White a second 10-day contract. They have only one game – at the Bulls on Saturday – before his existing contract expires, and I doubt he’d meet them in Chicago (or Minnesota on Sunday for that matter).

More likely, he’ll join the Kings for their Tuesday contest against the Wizards in Sacramento. Possibly, he’ll wait a day to sign the second 10-day contract, so he can be with the team for its full four-game homestand.

If White gets on the court with the Kings, he’ll be the last first-round pick of the 2012 draft class to make his NBA debut and he’ll get off a list of the highest picks to never play in the NBA.

  1. mogogo1 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    37% shooting!? In the D-League from a frontcourt player who was a first round pick?

  2. sportsfan18 - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Wouldn’t it suck if this guy somehow tore it up in the NBA?

  3. mackcarrington - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    How long is the drive from Reno To Sac-town?

  4. rohlo - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    guy is a waste oftime! full of excuses and loves to play the pity card and blame game instead of being pro active in a positive way with his disease..rockets took him high in the draft and he played the whoa is me the whole time instead of focusing on his game in a psoitive way was to pave the way fpr others with similar disease ..

  5. tontoepstein - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Uh, no, Feldman, the issue that has kept him from playing in the NBA is his warped sense of entitlement. Anxiety, my fat butt. If Sacramento does what’s par for the course, their starters will “injure” themselves, and this stiff will be playing 35 minutes a game to lead them to lottery heaven.

  6. greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    This clown is the perfect example of “don’t you know who I am?” type guy. I’m guessing by 4 games into this stint with the Kings, he’ll have some lame excuse for missing practice or doing something stupid, or both.

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