According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Dallas Mavericks have agree to a 4-year rookie deal with former Louisville standout Ray Spalding.
Sources: The Dallas Mavericks and No. 56 overall pick Ray Spalding have agreed to a four-year rookie deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 19, 2018
A four-year deal for one of the last players taken in the draft? Not bad, Ray.
A graduate of Trinity High School, Spalding had a breakout junior season in 2017-18, averaging 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He earned honorable mention All-ACC honors for his efforts. Spalding was selected 56th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA Draft, but his draft rights were later traded to Dallas later that night
Spalding was solid for the Mavericks during summer league play, averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 63.6 percent from the field. Those numbers are more impressive when you take into consideration that he was averaging under 18 minutes per game.
Like Donovan Mitchell a year ago, it would appear as though Ray made the right decision in choosing to leave Louisville early. Congrats to the big guy.