Summer League Highlights: Ray Spalding

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Ray Spalding’s summer league stats won’t blow you away, but I’d say they’re a little misleading.

The Louisville native showed a lot of upside and made his presence felt, despite only averaging eight points and five rebounds in 17 minutes per game.

“Ray has definitely opened eyes,” Mike Shedd, Dallas director of player development said. “He is very skilled for his size with ability to handle, pass, shoot from distance, and has great hands. … We love his demeanor. (He) has a calmness about his game.

“(He’s) definitely intriguing as a development prospect. He has great upside, and with what he has shown so far, it provides an excitement (about) what could come down the road.”

DallasBasketball.com reports that the Mavericks are expected to sign Spalding to either a two-way or a multi-year deal near minimum with a series of ‘outs’ and team options.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Spalding spend a lot of time in the G-League next season, but the Mavs clearly see the upside and are willing to let him become a more finished product.

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