Report: Royce White did not fly with Sixers to Europe
The Philadelphia 76ers flew to Europe on Thursday morning in an attempt, much like that of Oklahoma City Thunder, who they will play on Tuesday, to broaden their fan base overseas. The Sixers will play Spanish team, Bilbao Basket, on Sunday, but they’ll be without recent acquisition, Royce White, as reports say White did not make the trip.
Not with Sixers in Europe, but source says Royce White did not make trip.
— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) October 4, 2013
White, drafted 16th overall by the Houston Rockets back in 2012, has had a longstanding anxiety issue that prevents the versatile power forward from traveling much by plane. Making an 8-hour flight overseas was obviously listed as doubtful for White.
White was traded from Houston to Philadelphia, in what was considered a low-risk move for the Sixers. Philadelphia gave up draft considerations for the former first-round pick, but the question of whether or not he’d join the team on flights had to be the biggest red flag. But wasn’t Royce flying this season not really an issue?