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Rockets suspend Royce White

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The Houston Rockets announced on Sunday they have suspended rookie forward Royce White.

The Rockets' action comes one week after White refused an assignment to the NBA Development League.

"The Houston Rockets have suspended Royce White effective immediately for refusing to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract," said Daryl Morey, Rockets general mananger, in a statement released by the team.

"We willl continue to work with Royce to hopefully come to a resolution."

All NBA suspensions are without pay and league sources told FOX 26 Sports White's suspension does not have a specific time limit.

NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports White's suspension is centered around the fact he wants the Rockets to sign a side agreement to his standard contract that is illegal under the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The side agreement according to sources is a menthal health protocol that White developed.

The sources also maintain the mental health protocol White wants is not something the Rockets' team doctors believe is necessary.

The Rockets took White out of Iowa State with the 16th selection in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.

He has been away from the team since early November while the two sides work toward a plan to help White play in the NBA while dealing with his general anxiety disorder.

White issued a statement last week following his decision to decline the assignment to the NBA Development League.

"I have chosen to not play, because the doctors and I believe it to be unsafe for unqualified Rockets front office personnel to make medical decisions, as they are not mental health professionals," White said in his statement.

His publicist, China Myers, confirmed last week that White will not report to the D-League "until a mental health protocol is in place."

According to sources with knowledge of the Rockets' situation the team has no plans to trade or release White.

While he is suspended the Rockets do not gain a roster spot at this point.

However, league sources told FOX 26 Sports that could change depending on how the NBA views the situation.

Sources with knowledge of the process told FOX 26 the Rockets want to have a successful relationship with White and that they will continue to work with his doctors.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are likely to release guard Scott Machado once the team can officially sign guard Patrick Beverley, who is getting his official release from a team in Russia.


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