Oct 17, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Royce White (30) dribbles up court against the Memphis Grizzliesduring the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets won 109-102. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Royce White passes physical, will join D-League affiliate


Oct 15, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Bernard James (5) guards Houston Rockets forward Royce White (30) during the fourth quarter at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 123-104. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

it’s been a long and tiring journey for Royce White and everyone involved. From reports of White throwing his NBA career away, to White being suspended from the Rockets organization and then to the team lifting his suspension. However, it seems that chapter of his career has finally come to a close as White will report to the D-League affiliate in Rio Grande on Monday.

According to Jonathan Feigan of Ultimate Rockets, White passed his physical on Friday and is getting ready to play.

Rockets rookie Royce White moved a step closer to reporting Monday to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League by passing a physical Friday, athletic trainer Keith Jones said.

White and the Rockets reached an agreement that allowed him to work out for several weeks before reporting in time for games Tuesday and Wednesday.

Drafted as the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, White never appeared in a regular season NBA game because of concerns on how his anxiety disorder will affect his NBA career. However, late last month the organization and White finally came to an agreement that would help White deal with his condition and prepare himself before reporting to the team.

After so much time off, White will finally be able to start his professional career in the NBA D-league. Though he prefers to play for the Rockets instead, if White has a great performance and makes a good impression, he could be seeing himself in a Rockets uniform soon.

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