The Sixers have acquired Royce White and the rights to Furkan Aldemir from the Houston Rockets for future draft considerations, league sources confirmed to CSNPhilly.com on Friday. The trade was initially reported by Yahoo! Sports.
White, who was taken with the 16th overall pick in last year’s draft, did not play for the Rockets last season because of an anxiety disorder. One of the symptoms of the disorder was a fear of flying, which made travel difficult for White.
After last November, White did not practice with the Rockets. White -- a 6-foot-8, 260-pound power forward -- played 16 games for the team’s D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in a little more than 25 minutes.
Prior to the trade, the Sixers had approximately $19 million in cap space. By acquiring White, the Sixers took on his $1.7 million salary for this season. The move was low risk, however, because White’s contract affords the Sixers team options for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. White is scheduled to make $1.8 million in 2014-15 and $2.8 million in 2015-16.
To keep White for the 2014-15 season, the Sixers would have to pick up his option in October. A league source indicated the more likely scenario would be for the Sixers to use White as an expiring contract for the 2014 offseason.
The key to the trade, according to the source, was Aldemir, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound Turkish forward. Aldemir is a 21-year-old project who averaged 5.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in 40 games for Galatasaray (Turkey) in 2012-13. Aldemir was taken with the 53rd pick in last year's draft. He is believed to be at least a year or two away from potentially being added to an NBA roster.