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Report: Rockets plan to fine absent White

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Houston Rockets rookie Royce White will be fined for each day he spends away from the team or doesn't attend therapy sessions, according to a Houston Chronicle report.

The 16th pick in June's draft, White has been away over a disagreement over how the team has helped him confront his anxiety disorder.

The Rockets have arranged for treatment at the Baylor College of Medicine, but White hasn't attended the sessions, the paper said.

"In hindsight, perhaps it wasn't a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder -- due to the current situations at hand that involves the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets," White said in a statement released by his publicist Tuesday night. "As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress, but since [the] preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship."

White hasn't played in a game. The Chronicle reports that the Rockets have no plans to trade or release him.

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