Friday, March 27, 2009

Houston to sign White until the end of season

The Houston Rockets have agreed to sign guard/forward James White(2.00-SG/SF) for the rest of this year and for the 2009-2010 season. "He will sign the contract (Monday) and the deal includes next year as well," said Bill McCandless, White's agent.

The club had signed White to a pair of 10-day contracts. The second was to expire Tuesday. He has played in one game so far for Houston scoring five points with one steal and one blocked shot. "This is a testament that hard work eventually pays off and James White has worked very hard," said McCandless.

"There were those who believed James might not be able to play in the NBA but he has really paid his dues which included playing a year in Europe." McCandeless said White was able to show the Rockets what he is all about. "It was a given James is a world-class athlete and the Rockets were really sold on all his all-around game and they believe, with some work, he can be a guy who can be in their rotation."

The Rockets signed White out of the NBA D-league where he was averaging 25.9 points for Anaheim. "James decided in the D-league to use his athleticism and go to the basket instead of settling for the jumper which has been critical to his development," McCandless said. Prior to that White played in seven games, starting two, for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2006-2007 season. During that stint White averaged 8.3 points a game.

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