NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Done with Royce White?

October 24, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Royce White (30) against the New Orleans Hornets during the first half of a preseason game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

According to a Houston Chronicle blog post, The Houston Rockets have left Royce White off their 2013 NBA Summer League roster. White was the sixteenth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft but was prevented from playing a single game for the Rockets last year due to struggles with severe anxiety.

It is assumed that the Rockets, who are in pursuit of Dwight Howard, would move White in order to clear up some future cap space. Under his current contract, White is scheduled to earn $1.72 next season. Addressing the issue on Twitter, White said that he would love to play with the Rockets this summer, yet also admitted that there had been “no communication” between himself and the team about being included on the roster.

It is unclear exactly what the market would like for White if the Rockets decided to move him. White demonstrated prodigious talent while playing in college at Iowa State University but has worried some NBA GMs with his inability to get on the court. White last practiced with the Rockets way back on November 10th of last season before being demoted to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he managed to play sixteen games. The report from the Chronicle also indicated White hasn’t been participating in recent workouts at the Toyota Center unlike many of his fellow rookies from last season.


Topics: Houston Rockets, Royce White

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