Getting younger and trimming their spending have been the prevailing
trends of the 76ers’ offseason, and they continued that trend Friday night when
they traded with Houston for second-year forward Royce White
In the move, which was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski
of Yahoo! Sports, the Sixers surrendered “future considerations”, which would
probably end up being either a second-round draft pick or an overseas prospect.
In other words, the Sixers did the Rockets a favor – and here’s
White, a 6-8, 270-pounder who was the 16th overall pick in
the 2012 draft, has yet to make his NBA debut. He did not play a single game
for the Rockets last season. Instead, he suited up for their Development League
team. At first, he refused the D-League assignment and picked up a suspension
because of a “refusal to provide services” laid out in his contract. It’s also
been reported that White battles anxiety issues and a persistent fear of
Due to make $1.71 million this season, White posted per-game
averages of 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 16 games with Rio Grande, the
Rockets’ D-League affiliate.
White joins a revamped Sixers roster that includes Kentucky’s
Nerlens Noel, for whom they traded on draft day, as well as draft picks Michael
Carter-Williams and Arsalan Kazemi.
The Sixers launch their Orlando Summer League slate Sunday.
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