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Rockets reinstate Royce White

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The Houston Rockets announced on Saturday that rookie forward Royce White has been reinstated and he will report to the team's affiliate in the NBA Development League on Feb. 11.

White was suspended on Jan. 6, one week after refusing an assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League.

White told Houston radio station KBXX on Wednesday that the two sides were close to an agreement that would put an end to the suspension.

The Rockets and White issued a joint statement on Saturday.

"The Houston Rockets and Royce White have today reached an agreement that addresses the major issues that they have been discussing, provides a new start, and gives Royce the best opportunity for long term success as a Houston Rocket. This has been a learning process for both parties. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have approved the settlement. Royce is no longer suspended and is reinstated effective immediately. He will report to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 11, 2013."

On Dec. 20 White told FOX 26 Sports he was set to begin working with a member of the Rockets' staff the following week, which did happen.

During that interview White said he was "hopeful" he would be able to play for the Rockets this season.

"I want to play for the Rockets more than anything," White said then.

White, who has been away from the team since Nov. 12, has been at odds with the Rockets on how the organization will handle his general anxiety disorder.

He also has a fear of flying which Rockets officials worked to overcome by allowing White to use an alternate means of transportation when feasible.

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

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