Royce White is Close to Re-joining the Houston Rockets

by January 23, 2013

The latest twist in the seemingly never-ending Royce White saga is that the rookie forward is set to join the Houston Rockets once again, this time with a fresh set of agreements between player and team. Reports the Houston Chronicle: “In a call in to a morning show on 97.9 The Box, White said he plans to report to the D-League on Feb. 11, pending ‘paper work’ on a plan with the team. According to a person with knowledge of the plan, the Rockets are close to making an announcement in which White would return to the team under a written agreement that includes key elements of the protocols that White wanted to have as an addendum to his contract. Under the agreement, writing with input from the NBA and the NBPA, White would resume workouts to prepare for the D-League assignment. He had been working out for several days this month with basketball staff intern Derrick Alston but was suspended Jan. 6, one week after he said he would refuse his 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.’ Morey would not comment on any plan with the team. When told of White’s comments on Wednesday, Morey said, ‘We’re in constant communication with Royce and hope to get him back in the fold soon.’ White seemed optimistic that the agreement would be in place shortly.”