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Rockets claim Ray Spalding off waivers

Houston filled a an open roster spot.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks-Media Day Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets had room for one more camp body after waiving Anthony Bennett due to a knee injury, so it was announced yesterday by Shams Charania that they’ve claimed 6’10” forward Ray Spalding off of free agency waivers.

Spalding was originally drafted in 2018 by the Philadelphia 76ers, and he was traded on draft day to the Dallas Mavericks, but his most extensive NBA playing time came later with the Phoenix Suns. He played 13 games for them last season, starting three, and finished the year with averages of 4.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, and .6 blocks in 11 minutes per night.

Spalding, who went to college at Louisville, also spent some time this summer with the Atlanta Hawks, but is likely a long shot on the Houston roster. But with an open spot following Bennett’s departure, his size is intriguing to a team making noticeable strides to get bigger this year.