Houston Rockets rookie power-forward Royce White is close to joining the Rockets according to Jonathan Feigan of Ultimate Rockets:
Rookie forward Royce White is close to returning to the Rockets and to reporting to their D-League affiliate.
In a call in to a morning show on 97.9 The Box, White said he plans to report to the D-League on Feb. 11, pending “paper work” on a plan with the team.
According to a person with knowledge of the plan, the Rockets are close to making an announcement in which White would return to the team under a written agreement that includes key elements of the protocols that White wanted to have as an addendum to his contract. That agreement would not, however, give authority for decision-making to an individual outside the organization, as White wanted.
Royce White hasn’t played a game all season due to him thinking that the Rockets have mishandled his mental condition and his fear of flying. The tensions grew so tense that White was fined by the team for refusing to play in the D-League, but now Royce White will play in the D-League (via his agent):
White seemed optimistic that the agreement would be in place shortly.
“The resolution, when I say we’re in the 12th hour, what I literally mean is we’re in the 12th hour…any hour now this thing will be over,” White said. “I’m supposed to be returning to the D-league on February 11. That was the plan. We’ll see if it finally goes through but last thing I heard was that’s what we’re going to do, that’s what we’re planning to do. Waiting on everybody to get the right paperwork done and stuff.
“Everybody wants to make it seem like wild, wild west standoff between me and the Rockets. That’s not the case here. There has been an issue that’s been identified. Mental health is not descriptive enough in CBA(collective bargaining agreement) and UPC (uniform player contract.) It being so vague makes us make it up as we go. There’s no protocol. We need to rectify that to make sure the environment is safe. If we’re making it up as we go, that’s probably not the safest thing.”