The 6-foot-7 Chavez played basketball for three years at the University of Montana, mostly as a reserve forward. He earned a degree in Native American Studies and anthropology last spring.
“I feel blessed, because a lot of great players won't get a chance to play basketball after college,” he said Tuesday night. “I know nothing's guaranteed. In college, you knew you were in it for four years. But now, I know I'll have to get in shape and be there ready to play,” when camp opens in early November.