Reporting Will Grubb
Houston (CBS Houston)- The final obstacle to Dwight Howard’s Houston landing has been cleared.
Daryl Morey announced Saturday that the Rockets have traded Royce White, the draft rights to Turkish forward Furkan Aldemir, and cash considerations to the Philadelphia 76ers for future draft considerations.
White was selected by Houston with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft but never played a minute for the Rockets. His time was filled with suspensions and D-league assignments.
Much of the tension between White and the Rockets was centered around his anxiety disorder that could sometimes prevent him from flying. The main goal of the deal for Houston was to dump White’s $1.6 million in salary in order to sign Dwight Howard.
Aldemir is considered by many to be the prized asset of the trade and perhaps the only reason the 76ers were willing to take on the troubled White. The 6-10 Turkish forward who was originally selected by the L.A. Clippers in the second round (53rd overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft, had his draft rights acquired by Houston as part of a four-team trade in June, 2012.
White and Aldemir will now head to a Philadelphia team that has entered a full rebuilding mode after trading all-star point guard Jrue Holliday this offseason.
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