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Royce White no longer with Kings after second 10-day contract expires

Mar 27, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

Royce White

The Kings signed Royce White to consecutive 10-day contracts, but allowed the most recent one to expire without inking the troubled player for the remainder of the season.

Sacramento hardly gave White a decent look, at least at the NBA level. The first 10 days or so he spent in the D-League, and when he was actually with the Kings, he managed to log just nine total minutes over three separate appearances.

Somewhat ironically, the biggest test for White would have come now, as Sacramento embarks on a three-game road trip that would have required White to overcome his anxiety disorder and fear of flying to make the journey, thereby showing he could in fact handle a very basic part of NBA life without incident. But just as it was with his time on the floor, the franchise wasn’t willing to give him that chance.

From Jonathan Santiago of Cowbell Kingdom:

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.” …

“I think for him and his future and his career, he has to start amending some of the things that have happened in the past,” Malone said of White. “Everybody here can only speak positively about our time with Royce and as we just mentioned, it doesn’t mean that his time here is over. For right now it is, but I appreciate his hard work.”

Malone is referring, of course, to the way White handled his situation when first coming into the league with the Houston Rockets.

White said all the right things while in Sacramento, however, so he may in fact get another opportunity in the future. The Kings may have signed him for 20 days, but he hardly got a complete look — both in terms of minutes played, as well as seeing whether his travel issues are truly a thing of the past.

  1. udkidd - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    What a bust!

    • casualcommenter - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Agreed. His D-league numbers are awful, and he isn’t good enough to earn more than token minutes on the Sacramento Kings.

      Even without his anxiety issues, he’d be labeled a bust just based on his poor performances in the rare instances that he actually plays professional basketball.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        He might have performed better had he quit using his issues as a crutch, nutted up, and put his mind to being a pro ball player.

        I know first-hand that anxiety issues can be a killer. I also know they can be overcome.

  2. nothingeasyeverythinghard - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Be . . . welp.

  3. casualcommenter - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    In 20 career D-league games, White has averaged 25.4 minutes per game.
    In that time, he has scored just 10.9 points per game, shot just 43% from the field, 21% from 3, 65% from the free throw line, with 5.4 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game, 3.5 personal fouls per game.

    Looking at only his D-league games from this season, White has shot just 36% from the field and scored just 9 points per game, so he played worse this year than last year.

    So I disagree that Sacramento hardly gave him a look. There are a lot of guys who dominate the D-league but don’t get as many opportunities as White has in the NBA with the Rockets and now Kings. Even without his anxiety issues, he simply doesn’t look like a viable NBA player, and when you add in the anxiety issues, it’s time for him to consider a career change.

  4. kb2408 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I hope the dude makes it in the league but some people were talking like he was a poor man’s Magic Johnson….but with an anxiety disorder.

  5. campcouch - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Remember when the A-Team used to give BA a glass of “warm milk” before flying.

  6. rajbais - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    He’s irreparable.

    An underrated tangible to playing, availability.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      Agreed, though it should be noted that he was technically available for the Kings to play him and yet he still didn’t play much. The Kings coaches saw how he looked in practice, and they decided that he was so bad that it wasn’t worth giving him significant minutes even though the Kings are out of the playoff hunt.

      That’s how bad he is. He can’t crack the rotation of a lottery team that technically should be looking for “Acorns” (cheap young players with talent that they could develop for the future.)

  7. 00maltliquor - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    So they told him to go fly a kite?

  8. chiadam - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Doesn’t he know everything that he’s missing by refusing to fly? There’s Sky Mall, tables that fold into seat backs, inner ear adventures, and Sky Mall.

  9. alshonsmeathooks - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    i wonder how anxious he will get working the fryulator

  10. tontoepstein - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    See ya, goofball. Hope you saved your money, because you’re going to need it.

  11. dinofrank60 - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    The guy’s got problems and can’t play. But people are mad at him for not overcoming his problems and not playing? Huh?

    Like if he never plays again, that’s a big loss? He might be better off doing something else.

    We are really good telling people what to do and then get mad when they don’t do it.

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