(NEW YORK) — Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White may be close to returning to basketball action with the team. White has been serving a suspension for “refusing to provide services.”
White suffers from an anxiety disorder from which he is uncomfortable while flying in an airplane. White has been in a dispute with the team on how to handle the issue, but it appears the two sides are coming close to a deal.
White refused an offer to go and play for the Rockets’ D-League affiliate, saying that it was “unsafe […] medical decisions” made by “unqualified Rockets front office personnel [who] are not mental health professionals.”
A person with knowledge of a new plan told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday that the two sides 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.”
White addressed the matter on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption on Thursday.
“They just hope that whatever it is that it can get worked out and I can get back to the team,” White said on his teammate’s support of his anxiety issue. “I hope the same thing because they’re a great group of guys.”
White said that if he would be upset if he wasn’t able to play in the NBA again because of his anxiety. The Rockets drafted White in last year’s draft with the 16th pick.
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