It was known around the seven to the eight'o clock hour last night that the Sixers have acquired the rights to Houston Rockets forward Royce White, along with 2012 draft pick Furkan Aldemir with the Sixers sending Houston future draft considerations. It's quite clear that they only made this deal because they've apparently given up on trying to find ways to get the young troubled athlete to play for them. But most of all, the real reason is to offer more money to big man Dwight Howard in a max contract freeing them of only $1.7 million off of the books.
This can go either way for the Sixers. It's really a low-risk move and whether White play's or not it won't really make a significant difference. White has a $1.8 million team option if the Sixers are to bring him back for the 2014-15 season. It's widely reported to league sources that the Sixers are likely to use Royce White as an expiring contract, which would make it likely for the Sixers to exercise his team option for $1.8 million in the 2014-15 season.White is a 6'8" forward who averaged 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game in 16 appearances Rio Grande Vipers in 2013. He's an excellent scorer, rebounder, and passer. Assuming that he can manage to keep his anxiety issues under control, Royce White will make a valuable and serviceable asset to this Sixers roster.
If you think and look at this situation deeper, this deal could have been done only one way. Connections. Our new General manager and VP of Basketball operations Sam Hinkie a former Houston Rockets executive still has ties with the rising organization. It's been rumored the past two weeks that Sixers were to be in talks with the Rockets to help them send starting center Omer Asik to another club to free money off the books to acquire a star free agent with a max contract. But overall, this is a minor move that can fail or succeed. Either way, it will not hurt the Sixers. Maybe Hinkie found a way to get the troubled 2012 top prospect to potentially perform. However, this is a minor acquisition that can't hurt to try out.