Former First-Rounder D.J. White Announces Retirement

Veteran power forward D.J. White, the No. 29 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, is calling it a career, having confirmed in an Instagram post that he intends to retire as a player.

“You are never ready for it to be over, but I’m ready for what’s next,” White wrote as part of a larger statement.

Drafted by the Pistons out of Indiana University, White was immediately traded to the Thunder and spent his first two-and-a-half seasons with the newly relocated Oklahoma City team before being dealt to Charlotte. After his contract expired, the former Hoosier signed with Boston and was eventually part of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce package sent to Brooklyn in one of the most memorable trades of the last decade.

White appeared in a total of 138 NBA games from 2008-14 for the Thunder, Celtics, and then-Bobcats, averaging 5.9 PPG and 3.2 RPG in 15.3 minutes per contest.

Since 2014, White has played for a number of international teams in China, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Korea. While he put up bigger numbers in the Chinese Basketball Association, his most impressive overseas stint may have come in 2015-17, when he played for Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino and averaged 15.9 PPG and 8.3 RPG in 38 games in the Italian League (Liga Serie A).

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