Royce White leaving RGV?
Royce White's Thursday morning tweets suggest he may be leaving the Rockets' D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Early on Thursday, the rookie forward tweeted the following:
Have been advised by our team physician it is most logical I be in Houston the remainder of the season.Thank you @rgvvipers for having me.— Royce White (@Highway_30) March 21, 2013
Don't understand the uproar because I'm working out in Houston... Lol, relax ppl! Showing you're too high strung over sports.#BeWell— Royce White (@Highway_30) March 21, 2013
As a result of the tweets, officials at RGV were trying to determine if White would be on the roster for Thursday night's home game against Iowa. Including Thursday night, the Vipers have nine games remaining on the schedule. In 12 games with the Vipers, including eight starts, White has averaged 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
The Rockets have no official statement as of yet.
White battles anxiety disorder and that was known when the Rockets selected him out of Iowa State in the first round with the 16th overall pick. After missing an early portion of the preseason, White came back, then left the team before playing a regular-season minute. The Rockets officially sent him to the D-League on Dec. 29. White refused the demotion the next day, citing unsafe conditions. The Rockets suspended him on Jan. 6.
The issues between the two sides appeared to have been worked out when the Rockets reinstated White on January 26th and White reported to Rio Grande Valley.
By the sound of his tweets, it looks like his time in Rio Grande Valley is done, at least for this year, with White's short-term plans not necessarily including the Houston Rockets.
UPDATE: RGV's Thursday lineup still had Royce White listed (they have not received specific instructions yet from the Rockets), although a Thursday interview done with CNN from Houston and his tweets show White is obviously not expected to play with the Vipers in their game against Iowa. White tweeted the following later on Thursday...
To clarify, I'm not quitting basketball. I'm working out in Houston to better transition and prepare for next season. Very excited for it...— Royce White (@Highway_30) March 21, 2013