Sacramento Kings sign Royce White to 10-day contract

Former 16th overall draft pick Royce White has signed a 10-day contact with the Sacramento Kings.

Image: Thomas Campbell/USA TODAY Sports

Image: Thomas Campbell/USA TODAY Sports

After earlier reports that the Sacramento Kings worked out forward Royce White emerged, the Kings have officially signed the former first-round pick to a 10-day contract on Thursday morning.

The Kings took to Twitter to announced their latest signing.

White, whose struggles with his mental health have been well documented, will be assigned to Sacramento’s D-League affiliate the Reno Bighorns so the team can evaluate him before deciding on whether or not to sign him to a second 10-day deal.

In 16 games (eight starts) with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2012, White averaged 11.4 points (.444 FG%, .659 FT%), 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists in 25.5 minutes per game.

With the Kings currently on a seven-day road trip, and considering White’s struggles with a fear of flying, the move is a safe and sensitive way to approach their latest addition’s condition.

White took to Twitter to thank his new employer for the opportunity he has been given and their acceptance of his anxiety disorder.

Initially drafted 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in 2012, White butted heads with the organisation over his fear of flying, and never suited up for an official NBA game with the team.

White also suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and panic attacks. The former Iowa State standout believed the Rockets were not prepared to help him cope with his mental health issues.

After missing training camp, White was suspended by the Rockets and eventually traded to Philadelphia.

White appeared in five preseason games for the 76ers, averaging 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds a game, before being waived.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who drafted White in 2012, described him as “the worst first-round pick ever” earlier in the year.

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