The Sacramento Kings have worked out former first-round draft pick Royce White and could sign him to a 10-day contract in the coming days, according to USA TODAY Sports.
Drafted with the 16th overall pick by the Houston Rockets in 2012, Royce White never played an official NBA game due to his well-documented struggles with an anxiety disorder. White’s anxiety fuels a fear of flying and never allowed him to truly adapt to the travel-heavy lifestyle of an NBA player.
Sources close to the Kings told USA TODAY Sports that a deal between White and Sacramento is imminent, but the team is still finalising the terms of buying out Jimmer Fredette’s contract.
During his time with Houston, White often voiced his frustration with what he believed was a lack of support for mental health issues from the Rockets. He was traded by Houston to Philadelphia in the August 2013, but likewise his time with the Rockets, White never suited up for the 76ers and was eventually cut three months after joining the team.
Earlier this year, Rockets GM Daryl Morey called White the “worst first-round pick ever“.
If White signs with Sacramento, their next game is away at the Los Angeles Lakers, followed by a two-game home stint against Minnesota and New Orleans. However, the Kings then embark on a seven-game East Coast road trip.
White may play for the Kings’ D-League team, the Reno Bighorns, if travel becomes an issue for the former Iowa State standout.
In 17 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, White averaged 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
White’s workout with Sacramento was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.
Check out Grantland’s great documentary about White’s struggles with anxiety below: