Clippers giving Royce White a look on summer league team in Orlando

Royce White during his Iowa State days/Photo courtesy of ESPN.com

 

The Clippers have signed power forward Royce White to their summer-league team, which is currently playing in the Summer Pro League in Orlando, Fla.

White, just 24, played in three games with the Sacramento Kings in the 2013-14 season. He played his college ball at Minnesota and Iowa State and was selected 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 draft. White is listed at 6-foot-8, 270 pounds. He has suffered from anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Clippers on Tuesday at Amway Center in Orlando defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 80-63. White did not play.

The league will continue through Friday.

The Clippers are 1-2 in the league. Guard C.J. Wilcox scored a game-high 22 points in Tuesday’s victory. Branden Dawson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dawson’s rights were purchased by the Clippers from the New Orleans Pelicans in the recent draft; he was selected No. 56 overall.

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Jordan Hamilton, C.J. Wilcox to play on summer-league team in Orlando

 

Jordan Hamilton

Jordan Hamilton/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

Forward Jordan Hamilton and guard C.J. Wilcox will be on the Clippers’ summer-league team that this year will compete in the Orlando Pro Summer League in Orlando, Fla.

They will be joined by second-round draft choice forward Branden Dawson and a host of rookies. Among them is 7-foot-2 center Liam McMorrow, a 27-year-old who has played in the National Basketball League of Canada and most recently in the Philippine Basketball Association.

The league will run July 4-10 at Amway Center in Orlando. The games will not be open to the public because of space limitations. But the games will be televised by NBA TV and recaps and box scores will be available online at www.orlandomagic.com.

 

 

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Clippers recall C.J. Wilcox from Fort Wayne Mat Ants of Development League

CJ Wilcox

C.J. Wilcox/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Wednesday recalled guard C.J. Wilcox from the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Wilcox, selected in the first round by the Clippers in the June draft out of the University of Washington, played five games for Fort Wayne  and averaged 13.2 points.

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Rookie guard C.J. Wilcox assigned to Fort Wayne Mad Ants of NBA D-League

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C.J. Wilcox/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Tuesday announced they have assigned rookie guard C.J. Wilcox to the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Wilcox, selected 28th in the first round by the Clippers in the June draft, appeared in only three of the Clippers’ 35 games and averaged 3.0 points.

Wilcox, out of the University of Washington, is the first player the Clippers have assigned to the D-League since Travis Leslie was sent to the Bakersfield Jam in March 2012.

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Injuries keep C.J. Wilcox, Reggie Bullock off Clippers’ summer league roster

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CJ Wilcox

C.J. Wilcox (top) and Reggie Bullock/photos courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

Reggie Bullock

The Clippers on Monday announced their summer league roster and recent first-round draft choice shooting guard C.J. Wilcox is not on it.

According to head coach and team president Doc Rivers, Wilcox has an injured right shoulder.

Small forward Reggie Bullock, the team’s 2013 first-round draft choice, also is absent from the summer league roster because of a sore right quad sustained during the 2013-14 campaign.

“We would obviously love for both Reggie and C.J. to play in Summer League,” Rivers said. “However, we want to take a conservative approach in their rehab process and make sure they are fully healthy and ready to go for the start of training camp.”

The Clippers will play in the league from July 11-21 at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of University of Nevada Las Vegas.

 

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C.J. Wilcox hopeful Jamal Crawford will take him ‘under his wing’

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Wilcox Part of Crowded Depth Chart

C.J. Wilcox/photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

It’s kind of cool that shooting guard C.J. Wilcox could be competing with Jamal Crawford for playing time next season as the Clippers’ first-round draft choice plays the same position. Of course, Crawford is established and Wilcox is going to be a rookie, so it’s not likely Crawford will have to worry about getting enough minutes of his own.

Interestingly, the two know each other. Wilcox played college ball at University of Washington, and Crawford is from Seattle.

“He’s up in Seattle every summer, so he’s been in a lot of open gyms and a lot of runs,” Wilcox said. “I’ve competed against him and been around guys who are really close with him, so I know we’ll probably be able to mesh a little bit since we’ve spent some summers together up in Seattle and going against each other. Hopefully, he’ll take me under his wing and show me the ropes since I went to school in Seattle and he’s from that area. … I think he’ll help me take some strides.”

 

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C.J. Wilcox looking forward to playing with Chris Paul

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C.J. Wilcox (left)/photo by Associated Press

It wasn’t surprising to hear C.J. Wilcox talk about playing with point guard Chris Paul after the Clippers on Thursday drafted him with the No. 28 pick in the first round.

“Everyone watches Chris Paul; he’s the best point guard in the game,” said Wilcox, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of University of Washington. “He came and worked out with us up in Agoura Hills one time and it was good to see him in person, good to go against him and compete against him.

“I think that helped me get a sense of how he plays in person. I’m really excited. I know he’s really good at finding guys and getting in good positions to succeed. I think that’s going to help me in the long run.”

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