According to a report, former first-round pick Royce White has worked out for the Sacramento Kings and is likely to sign with the team on a 10-day contract.
USA Today reported that White, who was the 16th overall pick of the Houston Rockets out of Iowa State in 2012, but has yet to play in an NBA game, may join the Kings in time for their Friday game in Los Angeles against the Lakers or may report to their NBA Development League affiliate in Reno, Nev.
White had a very public battle with Rockets’ management over a well-chronicled anxiety disorder from which he suffers. A fear of flying has been a huge impediment to his career as a professional player.
White did play 16 games for Houston’s D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, last season, averaging 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in 25.6 minutes a night, shooting 44.4 percent overall.
Last July, the Rockets traded White along with cash and the draft rights to Turkish big man Furkan Aldemir to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future draft pick.
The 76ers waived White during the preseason.