MINNEAPOLIS The Kings made news nationally by signing Royce White to a 10-day contract March 6 because of the former first-round pick’s talent and how to deal with his mental health needs.
White has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Among the tasks that are difficult because of the disorder is flying on airplanes, which is a common part of NBA travel.
Failing to find the proper way to work with White led to the Houston Rockets, who drafted White in 2012, never playing him before trading him to Philadelphia before this season; he was then waived by the 76ers.
White, however, has yet to play for the Kings, seeing action only with the Reno Bighorns in the NBA Development League.
True to form, Kings coach Michael Malone has not concerned himself with White, even though the Kings plan to sign him to a second 10-day contract.
“I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen Royce White play once,” Malone said. “So when we get back, I’ll have a chance to see him play, but I’ve been worried about our team on this road trip. I know he played down in the D-League a bit, but I haven’t seen Royce play at all.”
The Kings were on the road before White was recalled to the Kings last Thursday.
Rather than join the Kings on the road, White has been working out in Sacramento while the Bighorns are on the road.
The Kings’ front office remains intrigued with White’s talent and is willing to take its time to see if the Kings can provide the kind of work environment White would be successful in.
He would be available for Tuesday’s game against Washington once he signs a second 10-day deal.
Ninth and climbing – Isaiah Thomas moved into ninth place all-time for three-pointers by making four in the Kings’ loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He now has made 319 three-pointers for Sacramento.
Jason Williams is eighth in Sacramento history with 343.
Thomas also passed the 1,000-assist mark for his career. He is the eighth player in Sacramento history to reach that mark in his first three seasons with the team.
Rare work – Before starting for DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday, Aaron Gray had not played in the previous nine games. His last action was Feb. 25 against the Houston Rockets.
Gray had four points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 19 minutes, 21 seconds.