According to multiple reports, Rockets' rookie Royce White says he won't play for the Rockets' Developmental League affiliate.
The Rockets officially assigned White to Rio Grande on Saturday afternoon, reportedly as a part of a multi-week plan to work him back into the organization.
Apparently, White wasn't on board with the plan. White said he won't play with the Vipers because of an "unsafe" atmosphere of team officials making mental health calls. According to TNT's David Aldridge, White says he wants to play but only "with the collaboration and recommendation of trained professionals."
Read White's full statement here.
White, 21, was the 16th pick in this year's NBA draft but has notably battled with anxiety issues.
In mid-November, White took to his Twitter account frequently to voice his displeasure of the Rockets' handling of his anxiety issues.
"If he doesn't work out, then it's tough to lose a draft choice," Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in November.