Rockets suspend White

Posted: January 07, 2013

THE HOUSTON Rockets 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. White will not be paid during his suspension.

White refused his assignment to Houston's D-League affiliate a week ago. 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.

White has been vocal on Twitter throughout this saga, and he continued to voice his opinions on the website Sunday.

"What's suspending me suppose to do. I've been away from the team for a month 1/2. Guess we want to give it a title to shift accountability," he tweeted.

He then addressed Morey in a second tweet.

"Threat, Fines, Suspension won't deter me. I won't accept illogical health decisions, I will keep asking for safety & health. #BeWell @dmorey," he tweeted.

In yesterday's games * 

At Toronto, Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, Kevin Durant had 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Raptors, 104-92.

* At Miami, LeBron James scored 24 points and the Heat had an edge in rebounding for a change to beat the Washington Wizards, 99-71.

* At Los Angeles, Ty Lawson had 21 points and 10 assists as the Denver Nuggets defeated the Lakers, 112-105.

* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Kemba Walker had 20 points and seven assists, Ben Gordon scored 18 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Detroit Pistons, 108-101, in overtime for just their second win in 21 games.

* At Phoenix, Zach Randolph scored 21 points and Rudy Gay added 20 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 92-81 win over the Suns.

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