He was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NBA draft, 29th overall by the Detroit Pistons, now D.J. White is in China playing in the Chinese Basketball Association after being signed to a one-year contract by the Sichuan Blue Whales.
“I got the call Tuesday and I left on Thursday,” says White as he gathers his luggage at Beijing International Airport (We were on the same flight from Newark to Beijing).
White is no stranger to China. Last season he played with former NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas for Yao Ming’s Shanghai Knights of the CBA.
After finishing his first year in China, White signed a veteran minimum contract with the Boston Celtics.
The 27 year old White was a journeyman in his young NBA career. He spent time in Oklahoma city, Charlotte and Boston.
White was a part of the Boston Celtics late playoff push finishing 7th in the Eastern Conference before being eliminated by the New York Knicks (4-2) in the first round. During the off-season, White was part of the Celtics ‘mega trade’ that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnet, Jason Terry and D.J. White to the Brooklyn Nets in return for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, Marshawn Brooks and Kris Joseph.
White was subsequently waived by the Nets but joined the Chicago Bulls training camp in September 2013.
The Bulls decided to keep only 13 players on their roster forcing White out of a job.
The 6’9, 251 pound White will join another former first round NBA draft pick and Syracuse University standout Jonny Flynn (6th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009). White will work the post with NBA veteran Hamed Haddadi who is currently nursing a foot injury but is scheduled to return in the near future.
The Blue Whales are expecting White to have an immediate impact as they sit at the bottom of the CBA standings with an 0-5 record.