Rockets claim forward Ray Spalding on waivers
After being waived by the Atlanta Hawks earlier in the week, Ray Spalding was signed by the Houston Rockets after the team waived former #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett earlier in the week themselves.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium originally broke the news:
The Rockets have claimed forward Ray Spalding off free agency waivers, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Second transaction this week for Houston, after waiving former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 10, 2019
Spalding’s rookie season was split between the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns last season, though the 21-year-old (at the time) only played a single minute with the Mavs before being waived and signing with the Suns.
The bulk of Spalding’s playing time last season came with the Suns, where he played 147 minutes and averaged 4.2 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 0.7 steals per game, 0.6 blocks per game and 0.4 assists per game in only 11.3 minutes per contest.
Spalding spent three seasons with the University of Louisville, where he only became a full-time starter in his junior year with the Cardinals. In his Louisville career, Spalding played exactly 100 games and producing 8.1 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 1.1 blocks per game and 1.1 steals per game in 21.7 minutes per contest. He finished his college career with a player efficiency rating of 21.9.
On the Rockets, while it is unlikely that Spalding will be retained for very long, his role would likely involve spelling Clint Capela in most scenarios, though if he could step out and hit a three-pointer, that would likely suit the Rockets’ scheme better.
During his college career, Spalding only ever attempted a total of 8 triples – making 1 of them in his freshman season.