HOUSTON The Houston Rockets have suspended forward Royce White effective immediately after the player refused to accept his assignment to the team s D-League affiliate last month.

In a statement released by Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey Sunday morning, the team said White has been suspended for failure to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract.

The Rockets have spent this season trying to figure out how to handle White s anxiety disorder and overall mental health. The forward has been on the inactive list for most of the season.

We will continue to work with Royce to hopefully come to a resolution, Morey said in the statement.

In late December, the team assigned White to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the team s D-League affiliate, but the forward released his own statement claiming that the Rockets are not qualified to make medical decisions since they are not mental health professionals.

White was selected with the 16th overall pick in the June draft.

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