The war between the Houston Rockets and rookie Royce White rages on.
The team has officially suspended White indefinitely after he refused his assignment to the NBA Developmental league one week ago. Royce is owed $3 million over the first two years of his contract, but he will not be paid while suspended.
This should not come as any surprise to the Rockets rookie, as he had been in talks with General Manger Daryl Morey all week with hopes of reaching an agreement that would see White join the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
“The Houston Rockets have suspended Royce White effective immediately for refusing to provide services as requires by his Uniform Player Contract,” Morey said in a statement. “We will continue to work with Royce to hopefully come to a resolution.”
As he tends to do, Royce took to his Twitter account (Highway_30) to voice his displeasure with the Rockets decision.
During a recent interview on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, White discussed the very real possibility that he may never step on an NBA court and compete again.
“I think that the chances are very high (that he’ll never play). And I say that just like I said before the Draft that the chances were very high that I didn’t even get drafted. Because business in America, as we all know, is about one thing and that’s convenience and efficiency. And oftentimes what the efficient thing to do is not the healthiest thing to do, right? That’s why we still sell cigarettes.
“It wouldn’t shock me if we couldn’t be logical and say a protocol is needed because it’ll be the hard thing to do. If that’s the case then so be it. I stand on what I say and I refuse to put myself in a hazardous situation to play a sport.”
White has not played since being taken with the 16th overall pick in this past summers draft. He left the Rockets on November 16th, citing a lack of support for his anxiety disorder as the main issue.