Houston Rockets Trade Royce White to Philadelphia 76ers
The Houston Rockets have reportedly traded Royce White to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Houston has traded Royce White to Philadelphia, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, July 13, at 12:16 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
The trade has officially been completely according to the Rockets official website:
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Wojnarowski also reported more details on the deal:
The moves clears White's $1.7 million contract for next season, giving the Rockets further flexibility to deliver a maximum contract offer to free agent star Dwight Howard.
Along with White, who clashed with the organization and never played a minute in the regular season, the Rockets will send the draft rights to an international prospect and cash.
White was selected by the Rockets with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He didn't appear in a single regular-season game due to a disagreement over the team's treatment of him.
Now, he will get a chance to start over with a new franchise.
The talented forward out of Iowa State copes with an anxiety disorder, which includes a fear of flying. It's one of several challenges he faces in order to have a successful NBA career, and he didn't approve of how the Rockets handled his situation.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle passed along a statement from White in early November about the ongoing situation. He wasn't pleased with how things were progressing.
"As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since pre-season the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship," White said.
After a couple more months without meaningful progress, the Rockets suspended him for not fulfilling his contract, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today. The decision came shortly after White declined a D-League assignment.
White quickly responded on his Twitter account, making it clear the suspension wasn't going to have any impact on his situation:
White is an incredibly talented player. He averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists for the Cyclones last season before deciding to enter the draft. His tremendous versatility made him one of the most intriguing prospects available.
Is this the best move for everyone involved?
Unfortunately, his anxiety issues and relationship with the Rockets have kept him off the court. It was a difficult situation for everybody involved. A fresh start may be beneficial for both sides.
This move will allow the 76ers to continue their rebuilding effort, while the Rockets continue to shuffle the deck as they seek the right combination to make an NBA Finals run next season.
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