The Houston Rockets want rookie forward Royce White to go the NBA Development League to help him improve his game.
However, according to NBA sources, the club's priority right now is for their rookie from Iowa State to get healthy.
NBA sources with knowledge of White's situation told FOX 26 Sports the Rockets have arranged for White to get medical help with his anxiety issues, but he has refused to participate.
The Rockets would like for White to meet with Dr. Aaron Fink of Houston, but that has yet to happen.
According to sources, White's most recent problems with the team began last week when he told the club he was upset that he was not playing, and he said if he is not playing he is going to have anxiety and he is not going to show up.
White was told he has to prove himself and become one of the options that the coaches believe can help the team win.
White has stayed away from the team since Sunday, and when he is not with the club, he is required to see a team doctor, which he has refused to do, according to sources.
For every day that White does not report to the team or does not seek medical help, he is being fined by the club.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has not been available for comment.
He did issue a statement Tuesday night stating his support for White.
White issued a statement Tuesday night explaining his position:
"In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder - due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets," White said. "As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.
"At this point, the Rockets are aware of my position and the reason for my absence. Any other response is inaccurate. This is important to me. it is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights. it is a player-commodity league. The failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport."
White missed the first week of training camp while he and the Rockets worked out travel plans to help him with his anxiety issues and fear of flying.
He is allowed to travel by alternate transportation when it is feasible.
White has yet to play during the regular season.