Houston Rockets launch Ray Spalding after struggling an Achilles harm

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After signing just five days ago, the Houston Rockets have decided to release Ray Spalding after sustaining an Achilles injury on his second appearance Monday night, according to Jonathan Feigen.

Spalding was signed to a two-way contract on February 12 after playing in two games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA G League Bubble. Spalding averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for the Vipers.

He played a total of 19 minutes in two games for the Rockets before contracting an Achilles injury against the Wizards on Monday night. In his 19 minutes, Spalding put on four points, four rebounds and two blocks.

The 23-year-old center was drafted to 56th overall by the Louisville-based Philadelphia 76ers in 2018 and has played 16 NBA career games to date. Spalding also played 67 career games in the G League with an average of 14.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

The timeframe for Spalding's return to the game and his specific diagnosis have yet to be set, but Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said his "prediction is not good after Monday night's defeat".


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