When training camp begins for the 2019-20 NBA season, a couple of former Cards will be in new spots. Ray Spalding has signed with the Atlanta Hawks, and Deng Adel with the Brooklyn Nets. These moves were announced on Thursday.
Spalding spent his time last season with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. A lot of his season was spent in the G League for the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks affiliate) where he played 29 games and averaged 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. After being waived and then picked up by the Suns, he did get some opportunity late in the season for the 19-63 team, who tied for the second worst record in the league.
He appeared in 13 games for the Suns and played 11.3 minutes per game, starting in three of those. He averaged 4.2 points and 3.7 rebounds, but his best game was in an overtime win over the Pelicans when he played 29 minutes and racked up 21 points (10-13 shooting) and 13 rebounds. His contract is partially guaranteed, so he will need to prove himself in training camp to earn a roster spot.
Deng Adel spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who also went 19-63. Like Spalding, most of his time was also spent in the G League. He played for the affiliates of the Toronto Raptors and the Cavaliers, where he played in 37 games with averages of 12.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
When he did see NBA action for the Cavs, he played in 19 games, also getting three starts. He averaged 1.7 points and 1 rebound per game, but was only playing 10.2 minutes per game. He will now head to Brooklyn to compete for a spot in training camp.
Both Spalding and Adel signed Exhibit 10 contracts, which means it is a one-year, non-guaranteed minimum contract with a bonus of $5,000 to $50,000 if they are waived by their NBA teams, sign with the team’s G League affiliate, and remain with that affiliate for 60 days. If that were to happen, the bonus would be in addition to their G League salary.
Good luck to these former Cards as they try to land spots on their new teams.