5:22pm: White told ESPN that he intends to meet with Rockets GM Daryl Morey to discuss his future. He indicated that he is willing to walk away from the NBA if the situation cannot be resolved.
3:41pm: In the past 24 hours, Royce White has "started to fulfill some of his obligations" to the Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. It was reported earlier this week that White was away from the team and wasn't attending sessions with a therapist arranged by the Rockets.
While Wojnarowski is sympathetic to White's anxiety disorder, the Yahoo! scribe's column suggests that the rookie out of Iowa State is putting his NBA career in jeopardy with his recent actions, which include a dispute with the club over his playing time. The Rockets have already created a unique travel plan for White, who has a fear of flying, but he hasn't been fulfilling his end of the agreement so far, Wojnarowski writes. One general manager told Wojnarowski that his team wouldn't have given White the sort of special treatment he's received from the Rockets, and other GMs and owners around the league agree.
"He isn't good enough – and I'm not sure anyone would be good enough – to have a completely different set of guidelines for him," said one GM. "I would've already cut him."
Reports have indicated that the Rockets have no intention of trading or releasing White, but according to Wojnarowski, there are still people close to the forward "begging him to start cooperating with the Rockets again." Although White wants to be an advocate for mental illness, he needs to prioritize himself and saving his own basketball career before it slips away, says Wojnarowski.