Posted: Sun January 6, 2013 11:51AM; Updated: Sun January 6, 2013 11:51AM

Rockets suspend White, but hope for resolution

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Royce White
Royce White has repeatedly said his mental health takes precedence over his NBA career.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have suspended first-round pick Royce White for "refusing to provide services" required by his contract.

General manager Daryl Morey said Sunday that the team will continue to work with White in hopes of finding a resolution.

Last week, White refused his assignment to Houston's D-League affiliate. The 16th overall pick in the June draft has spent most of the season on Houston's inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.

The 6-foot-8 White missed the first week of training camp. He flew to Detroit with the team for the season opener and then traveled by bus to Atlanta and Memphis for games. But he soon stopped participating in team activities, saying his mental health took precedence over his NBA career.

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