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Rockets Sign Ray Spalding to Two-Way Contract

UPDATED: February 12, 2021 -- 10:44 p.m. CT

POSTED: February 12, 2021 -- 9:45 p.m. CT

Houston Rockets General Manager Rafael Stone today announced they have called up center today announced the Rockets have called up center Ray Spalding from their NBA G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley, and signed him to a two-way contract. from their NBA G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley, and signed him to a two-way contract.

In two games for the Vipers this season, Spalding (6'10", 225) averaged 18.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.50 blocks while shooting 60.0% from the floor. Spalding was with the Rockets during the 2019 preseason prior to joining Rio Grande Valley.

Spalding was an early entry candidate for the 2018 NBA Draft following his junior season at Louisville and was the 56th overall pick by Philadelphia before his right were acquired by Dallas. He appeared in one game for the Mavericks in addition to 13 games for Phoenix in 2018-19.

In a related move, the Rockets waived guard Brodric Thomas.

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Two-way contracts allow NBA teams to carry two extra players in addition to the 15 on their regular season roster. These players typically spend most of their time with the club's G League affiliate, but remain under team control and cannot be signed by other NBA franchises.

This season, players signed to Two-Way Contracts are paid one salary for their time in both leagues. Only players with three or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

During the shortened 2020-21 season, two-way deals are slightly different than: rather than being limited to spending 45 days with their NBA teams, two-way players will be eligible to be active for up to 50 of their team's 72 NBA games. And instead of having their salaries based on how many days they spend in the NBA, players signed to Two-Way Contracts will receive flat salaries of $449,155.

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