There was some shock around the league when the Philadelphia 76ers traded for embattled forward Royce White, earlier this offseason.
White’s talent has never been questioned as he was 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft, a position that would have likely been higher if not for his medical concerns.
White suffers from severe anxiety, at least according to him – something many have questioned given some of his outside activities that don’t exactly pair up with the ‘normal’ conditions would would suffer from if they had such an elevated sense of anxiety.
Believable or not, White’s actions eventually got him shipped out of Houston to the Sixers, but the trade apparently wasn’t centered around the former Iowa State star – actually the ‘throw in’ piece, Furkan Aldemir.
Per the County Courier Times:
As for the embattled White, Hinkie answered a question about White’s possible role on the team generically and never mentioned White by name.
An NBA source said the Rockets, who dealt him to the Sixers on July 6 along with a second-round pick and Turkish power forward Furkan Aldemir for future considerations and cash, are picking up the $1.7 million salary of White, who has an anxiety disorder and is afraid to fly. That means the Sixers have nothing invested in White — and that the 21-year-old Aldemir was the primary target in the deal, which the source confirmed.