Royce White to Play One More Game with Reno, May Sign 2nd 10-Day
What amounts to a 10-day tryout for Royce White will end after Wednesday night's home game against the Iowa Energy -- White's fourth game on assignment with the Reno Bighorns after signing with the Sacramento Kings. But as NBA.com's David Aldridge reported on Monday, Sacramento is expected to sign the 22-year-old to a second 10-day contract and add him to the Kings' roster this weekend.
White has struggled with his shot during his first three games in Reno, but his unique ball-handling and passing skills at his size have come as advertised. At a listed 6-8, 270, he's averaged 2.7 assists in 24 minutes per game and has been strong on the defensive boards. Tuesday's effort, in which he posted 10 points and 7 rebounds and 18 minutes, represented a step in the right direction.
Bighorns head coach Joel Abelson told NBADLeague.com on Friday that White "shows some flashes" of elite ability, but needs to play himself into game shape. He added that White's impressive passing ability won't be much of a factor unless he proves himself as more of a scoring threat, and was curious as to how White's two elite qualities -- court vision and strength -- would translate to the next level.
"[The Kings] view this as a very low-risk, high-reward opportunity for them," Abelson said. "That's probably accurate."
In regards to White's well-publicized personal issues, Aldridge reported that the Kings are encouraged by what they've seen, particularly since he overcame his fear of flying to meet with team officials in Sacramento before signing the contract. "He's been an engaging, funny person -- a guy you'd like to hang out with," Abelson said.