I really can’t believe I’m saying this, but Royce White’s return to the Rockets appears to be in the works.
In a radio interview today, Royce said that he is awaiting paperwork from the Rockets which outlines the plan for his long awaited return. Under this agreement, White would be able to resume his workouts in preparation for his D-League debut with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 11th. While it isn’t set in stone that he will agree to these new terms and play in that game, the Rockets expect him to and as long as there are no more disagreements, then there is no reason why he wouldn’t be available.
According to a person with knowledge of the plan, the Rockets are close to making an announcement in which White would return to the team under a written agreement that includes key elements of the protocols that White wanted to have as an addendum to his contract.
“The resolution, when I say we’re in the 12th hour, what I literally mean is we’re in the 12th hour .. .. any hour now this thing will be over,” White said. “I’m supposed to be returning to the D-league on February 11. That was the plan. We’ll see if it finally goes through but last thing I heard was that’s what we’re going to do, that’s what we’re planning to do. Waiting on everybody to get the right paperwork done and stuff.
“Everybody wants to make it seem like wild, wild west standoff between me and the Rockets. That’s not the case here. There has been an issue that’s been identified. Mental health is not descriptive enough in CBA (collective bargaining agreement) and UPC (uniform player contract.) It being so vague makes us make it up as we go. There’s no protocol. We need to rectify that to make sure the environment is safe. If we’re making it up as we go, … that’s probably not the safest thing.
It’s about friggin’ time. But you know what, it’s better late than never. Hopefully everything will actually be sorted out from all this “paperwork” so Royce can re-join the Rockets before his rookie contract is up.
Read more at the Houston Chronicle.