By now the Royce White saga is well known. His medical condition and his disruptive behavior led the Houston Rockets to dump him in a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers. And earlier today, the 76ers also decided that White just isn’t worth the trouble.
According to both Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News, as well as White himself, the Sixers have cut the power forward.
Source says Khalif Wyatt, Mac Koshwal, Vander Blue and Royce White all released.
— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) October 24, 2013
— Royce White (@Highway_30) October 24, 2013
There’s no question White has the talent to play in the league. But the distractions he creates – whatever their cause may be – are clearly making it not worthwhile to keep him around. He’s now been with two NBA teams who have cut ties with him before he’s even played in a regular season game.
White has mentioned before that people around the league “want him gone.” (From the Huffington Post, via Eye On Basketball.)
“If I was to make an educated guess, I would guess that Adam Silver and David Stern and the Rockets organization, some other owners in the league, GMs, want me gone. And why do they want me gone? Because business is about convenience, not about doing what’s necessary. It’s about cutting overhead, … And a lot of times, what’s best for us as human beings doesn’t meet that criteria for business people.”
While Royce is correct about the league being a business, it also doesn’t mean that the organization has to bend to his every whim to keep him happy. There has to be a compromise between the two. And while no one knows the full story about his condition and accommodations, it’s pretty clear that White hasn’t met either organization half-way.
Now that he’s a free agent, it will be interesting to see if another team picks him up, or if White is right and teams would rather not bother with him. It may not be for a while, but most likely, a team will give White a chance. Eventually, a team will be willing to take a chance on a player with the size and skill of White.