“It’s obviously this time of year with buyouts and free agents and all that,” Malone said after practice on Tuesday. “I think a lot of the rumors will start about potential signings here and there. But as far as Royce White goes and the Sacramento Kings, there’s nothing imminent at all in regards to that.”
USA Today reported early Wednesday that the Kings are “likely” to sign the 22-year-old forward to a 10-day contract. Last night, the Houston Chronicle reported that White recently worked out before Kings’ brass.
Since his selection as the 16th overall pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft, White has yet to appear in a regular-season contest. The 22-year-old forward has had difficulties adjusting to life in the league due to his well-chronicled battle with anxiety disorder. The former Iowa State Cyclone clashed with the Rockets over how they handled his struggles with mental illness.
The Rockets traded White to the Philadelphia 76ers last summer, but he was waived before the start of the season. He appeared in five preseason games, including one start, for the 76ers. White averaged 5.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in his brief stint in Philadelphia.
If the Kings do sign White, they’ll have to wait until a buyout of Jimmer Fredette is complete. The Kings are on the verge of releasing the third-year guard following unsuccessful attempts to move him at the NBA trade deadline.
As it stands, the Kings’ roster is currently at a league-maximum 15 players. They inked second-year guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract earlier this morning. Johnson signed with the Kings after being waived by the Indiana Pacers last week.