Earlier today, we wrote of the Houston Rockets' plan to assign the 16th overall pick, Royce White, to the Developmental League. They were planning on assigning him to the Rio Grande Vipers as part of a plan to help him adjust to professional play and overcome his anxiety disorder. Just recently, though, White issued a statement saying he would not accept the assignment.
Mark Berman, Sports Director at Fox 26 in Houston, says White is not accepting the assignment based on a lack of mental health protocol.
Publicist 4 Royce White, China Myers, confirms White not accepting assignment to D-League "until a mental health protocol is in place."
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 30, 2012
If White does not accept his assignment, the Rockets could choose to suspend or fine him. Or both. White's tenure in the NBA thus far has been rocky. He and the Rockets thought they could work together on overcoming his anxiety, but White has felt betrayed by the organization. The Rockets on the other hand feel they have done as much as they can, but there is a limit to the accommodations they can make.