SACRAMENTO - Royce White, the 16th overall selection from the 2012 NBA Draft, will sign a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, and then be assigned to their Developmental League affiliate in Reno, according to two sources.
Both sources, speaking to News10 on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said White would spend much of his time being evaluated in Reno while the Kings are in the midst of a 7-game road trip that began on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
White, 22, is expected to play with the Bighorns on Friday in Reno.
Originally drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2012 out of Iowa State, White caused friction within the organization due to his anxiety over a fear of flying. That is one of several mental health illnesses he suffers from, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and panic attacks.
During a stint with the Rockets' D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, White averaged 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 16 games.
White felt that the Rockets were not fair to him in treating his mental health issues and was eventually suspended by the team after missing training camp, while he sought treatment. He never played a single game for the Rockets and was traded to Philadelphia in 2013.
White was waived this preseason by Philadelphia after five appearances with the Sixers. During those games, he averaged five points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
In January, Houston's general manager Daryl Morey referred to White as "the worst first-round pick ever" to a group of season ticket holders
Known as "Mr. Be Well", for his interactions with Twitter followers, White has become a spokesman for mental health awareness and his story was featured on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
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