76ers trade for Rockets' Royce White

Royce White, here in the 2012 preseason, has an anxiety disorder and did not play during the regular season. AP
Royce White, here in the 2012 preseason, has an anxiety disorder and did not play during the regular season. AP
Posted: July 07, 2013

ORLANDO - The 76ers have acquired Royce White and the rights to Furkan Aldemir in a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to an NBA source.

According to the source, the Sixers essentially gave up nothing in return.

The Sixers are unable to discuss trades until the July moratorium, during which teams aren't permitted to make trades or sign free agents, ends on Wednesday.

The source said the Sixers like Aldemir, a Turkish power forward/center who is playing professionally in Istanbul. The 6-foot-10, 240-pounder will stay overseas, at least for now.

The move enables the Rockets to get rid of White's $1.7 million contract for next season and give a maximum contract to free agent Dwight Howard, whom they were still pursuing.

The Sixers will likely use White's deal as an expiring contract. There is a team option for the 2014-15 season.

The Rockets, who left White off their Orlando Pro Summer League roster, had been shopping him.

The 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft has an anxiety disorder that contributed to his not playing in the NBA last season. The forward out of Iowa State last practiced with the Rockets on Nov. 10 and played 16 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

White has been in a disagreement with the Rockets over how to deal with his anxiety issues.

The Minneapolis native's fear of flying and his anxiety issues cause him to panic on planes. He also reportedly wakes up three to four times a night.

He originally enrolled at Minnesota but transferred to Iowa State having never played for the Gophers. He averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 5 assists in his lone season with the Cyclones.

Aldemir was selected with the 53d overall pick in 2012 by the Los Angeles Clippers and traded to the Rockets as part of a four-team deal that sent Lamar Odom to the Clippers.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.

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