Both the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets are in search of cheap backcourt help.
Enter Royal Ivey, the nine year NBA veteran who spent last season playing (sparingly) with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ivey, who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft has never been more than an end of bench player, a role he would assume in either Houston or San Antonio if he was to sign.
Between the two clubs, it seems more likely that Houston would be the better fit as the Spurs are already stocked with guards like Tony Parker, Cory Joseph, Patrick Mills and Nando De Colo. Houston on the other hand doesn’t have a lot of primary backup ball handlers and could find use (and potentially a few minutes) for Ivey.
More known for his name than his game, Ivey was a respectable college talent at the University of Texas though he’s never been able to translate the success at the NBA level.
Ivey averaged 13 minutes and 3.2 points per game last season for the 76ers.