In the latest twist of the Royce White saga, Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today reports that the Rockets rookie forward wants the team, the NBA, and the NBPA to sign an agreement with him that would establish a mental health protocol giving doctors authority regarding his situation.
White has been at odds with the Rockets all season over how they have handled his anxiety disorder. He recently refused an assignment to the D-League, leading to a suspension on Sunday.
White has reportedly told the Rockets that he will not show up for work unless the special agreement is signed by all parties, however, such an agreement is banned under the current collective bargaining agreement:
According to the uniform player contract detailed in the CBA, "no amendments to the form of the Uniform Player Contract provided for by Section 1 of this Article shall be permitted," and if a team or player agree on such an amendment, "such Contract or subsequent amendment, as the case may be, shall be disapproved by the Commissioner, and consequently, rendered null and void."
Houston is prepared to go the entire season without White, but they are willing to work with the embattled forward in the offseason on his issues. General manager Daryl Morey invested a lot in White, selecting him No. 16 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft despite knowing the baggage that came with the pick.
Some feel that White will never step foot on an NBA court, but he insists that he wants to play and that he just wants a protocol put in place "that ensures safety."