UPDATE: Via Twitter, Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) posted this statement from Royce White:
There's more drama for former Minnesota high school basketball standout and one-time Gopher Royce White.
The Houston Chronicle reports that White, a Rockets rookie who has a history of anxiety issues, missed Tuesday's practice amid the team's plans to send him to the NBA Development League. Teammate Marcus Morris told reporters White has not been at practice for three days.
Coach Kelvin Sampson, filling in for Kevin McHale, said after practice he hadn't spoken with White.
It's the latest in a string of curious events to begin White's professional career after he shined locally in high school and spent a short time with the Gophers before transferring to Iowa State.
Drafted 16th overall by the Rockets this summer, White, 21, missed the start of training camp while he worked out a plan with the team to limit his air travel, which is a trigger for his anxiety.
He has not played this season.
Scott Machado and Donatas Motiejunas were also sent to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.