According to Sam Hinkie, the Sixers have “no particular plan right now” when it comes to Royce White’s fear of flying. Hinkie was a part of the draft process in Houston last year, when the Rockets selected White 16th overall. After learning of his fear, White spent the entire season in the NBA’s D-League.
““Royce and I talked about it a bit, and it’s the kind of thing we’ll talk about more when he comes and we’ll figure out if we can create an environment that will make him comfortable.”
It remains unclear what type of role White will have in the Sixers’ rebuilding process. Hinkie managed a trade with his former team for their 2012 first-rounder.
If the Sixers can find a way to accommodate the youngster’s mental illness and create a positive environment for him, there is no question that the ceiling is high. Offensively, if White ever reached his potential, he would easily be the Sixers’ best weapon at that end of the floor.
Regardless, it seems as though while Hinkie has no plan at the moment, he will work with White to come up with something beneficial for both sides. The trade for Royce White was one of low risk and high reward. If the Sixers can get out of White what the Rockets thought that they would, this would be just another step in the right direction for the struggling franchise.