Sixers acquire Royce White from Houston Rockets via trade
UPDATE 11:03 p.m.: Keith Pompey of the Inquirer reports that the Sixers gave up nothing for Royce White and the rights to Furkan Aldemir. With the move, the Rockets are able to clear White's contract for next season of $1.7 million so they can offer a maximum deal to Dwight Howard.
The 76ers have acquired power forward Royce White from the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Wojnarowski reports that the Rockets made the move in an effort to clear more cap space for the impending signing of all-star center Dwight Howard.
Keith Pompey of the Inquirer reports that the 76ers also received the rights to Furkan Aldemir out of Turkey from the Rockets as well.
76ers general manager Sam Hinkie is very familiar with White as he was apart of the organization when they selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft after he had a productive career at Iowa State.
White’s career never seemed to get off the ground in Houston mainly due to his anxiety disorder.
White has a well-documented fear of flying, which hindered his chances of playing a lot of games with the Rockets.
The Rockets sent White down to their developmental team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, as a result. In 15 games with the Vipers, he averaged 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. He scored 28 points during a game against the Austin Toros back on April 5.
During his last season at Iowa State, White averaged 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He also averaged five assists per outing.