Rockets reinstate suspended rookie Royce White
The Houston Rockets reinstated rookie forward Royce White on Saturday, reports the Houston Chronicle.
White was suspended Jan. 6 when he refused his NBA Development League assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said White was suspended “for refusing to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract.”
The Rockets said they expect White to report to the D-League on Feb. 11. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have been in talks to reconcile their dispute over White’s mental health concerns. The Rockets selected White with the No. 16 overall pick in last year’s draft and is scheduled to make $1.6 million this season and $1.7 million next season.
“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,” the Rockets said in a statement. “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 re-instated effective immediately. He will report to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 11, 2013.”