Rockets Sign Ray Spalding To Two-Way Deal

9:50pm: Spalding’s deal is official, as is Thomas’ release, according to an announcement from the team.

3:03pm: The Rockets will waive Thomas to make room for Spalding, Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle confirms.

2:30pm: The Rockets are signing free agent power forward Ray Spalding to a two-way contract, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

Spalding, the 56th overall pick in the 2018 draft, spent time with the Mavericks and Suns as a rookie in 2018/19, then joined the Hawks for training camp in 2019 before being waived and claimed by Houston. After being cut again, he later signed a two-way contract with the Hornets.

Between stints with NBA teams, the 23-year-old has played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s G League affiliate. He was off to a strong start in the NBAGL bubble this week, averaging 18.5 PPG and 13.0 RPG in his first two games (27.5 MPG).

The Rockets are currently carrying Mason Jones and Brodric Thomas on two-way deals, so one of those players will have to be cut in order to make room for Spalding. Jones has been a more regular part of Houston’s rotation so far this season, appearing in 15 games, so Thomas – who has played in just four games – may be the odd man out.

The full list of players on two-way contracts can be found right here.

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18 thoughts on “Rockets Sign Ray Spalding To Two-Way Deal

    • Walladipo and Wood

      Kurucs has only played in garbage time, so obviously he won’t be getting any regular minutes. Who knows if Spalding will get any playing time himself.

  1. natsfan3437

    Was on the mavs a while ago was hoping he wasn’t released. He has some skill could be a good backup.

  2. Walladipo and Wood

    He said that he wanted a hamburger…. no a cheeseburger, a hot dog, a milkshake, and potato chips. But his grandfather says he will get nothing and like it.

  3. Walladipo and Wood

    When Spalding played for Louisville, Rick Pitino said that he had the most potential of any player he’d ever coached. Of course we heard the same thing about Caboclo.

      • Walladipo and Wood

        Even though they’ve only won a single playoff series in the last 20 years, there’s still a chance NY returns to the Finals before 2100.

        • KnickerbockerAl

          Let’s not forget your 22 gm prediction for Knicks. At least we have a legitimate shot at playoffs. And still have our picks if we don’t. OKC thanks you very much. Harden kept you from winning a title. Is what you fail to grasp. Now Fertitta will . It took Dolan 20 yrs to stop meddling In basketball business.
          You don’t want to talk history with NYK. We helped make the NBA.

  4. nentwigs

    Good to see Ray SPALDING back in the game.
    His name is on most basketball equipment anyway.

    • x%sure

      I have learned Spalding will be on the ball and like it. Pitino said, bye son.

  5. nentwigs

    I looked up his transaction history.
    Between the teams that have employed him, and all the cities he has been in while playing, the poor guy has no idea of where the heck he is day to day.

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