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Report: Wizards signing Toure’ Murry

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The Wizards are in a tailspin.

Losers of 13 of 18, they’ve fallen to fifth in the Eastern Conference.

There isn’t much left to do at this point in the season, but they’re at least trying to make a small adjustment.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

With Garrett Temple on the shelf indefinitely with a right hamstring strain, the Wizards have moved to bring in Toure’ Murry on a 10-day contract though it’s unclear if he’ll be in uniform for Thursday’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, CSNwashington.com confirmed with two persons with knowledge of the situation.

Will Bynum, who recently returned from a stint in China, is the Wizards’ top target to fill the roster spot created when Glen Rice Jr. was waived in January. Bynum, however, has a hamstring injury as well and isn’t ready.

Murry’s length makes him intriguing as a point guard prospect, but the Wizards aren’t exactly positioned to develop him. He’ll likely fill Temple’s role as a secondary ball-handler, a wing who distributes well for his position.

Murry began the season with the Jazz, but when they cut him, he went to the D-League. How long he remains in Washington will likely depend on Bynum’s health.

Report: With no trade found, Wizards likely to cut Glen Rice Jr.

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We told you yesterday the Wizards were shopping Glen Rice Jr. around, hoping to get anything back for a guy who may have been the Summer League plans but was not part of Washington’s long-term plans.

Instead, they will just cut him loose, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.

The Wizards have been trying to move second-year guard Glen Rice Jr. in a trade before contracts become fully guaranteed Jan. 10, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with persons with knowledge of the situation. A 48-hour window in which a deal might have been struck has passed Sunday, however, making a trade unlikely. Rice is expected to be released by Wednesday.

There are a few reasons Rice will be gone despite being the MVP of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and putting up good numbers in the D-League. Of course there are on the court reasons — was able to blow by lesser defenders but the athletes at the NBA level slowed him down (yet Rice didn’t adjust his game and was a ball stopper).

Another is just business — Rice has a non-guaranteed contract, so when he gets cut they don’t have to pay him and they save money. Yet another, bigger reason is any minutes he might have been in play for have gone to veteran Rasual Butler, who played his way onto the roster and into the rotation with the Wizards with his steady performances this season.

But there is one final key reason, J. Michael reports.

The final nail in Rice’s stay here, however, was determined to be attitude, people with knowledge of the situation said. Coming into the league, the Wizards knew that was a red flag but thought he could work through it. He turned off several teams during the pre-draft process and that manifested itself in a blowup with coach Randy Wittman in a 19-point loss to the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 7. Rice was pulled from the game and went at Wittman in front of the bench. Rice never played again and was gone two weeks later.

Just a lesson for all you kids out there: don’t argue with the guy who controls your minutes.

It will be interesting to see if another NBA team takes a run at Rice, if he has to prove himself in the D-League and/or overseas.

Report: Wizards testing trade market for Glen Rice Jr.

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This summer, Glen Rice Jr. looked like a guy ready to take a step forward — he was the Las Vegas Summer League MVP. Out in the desert he averaged 25 points a game and had been shooting better than 50 percent until a rough last outing, showing off an attacking/slashing style, and just looking like a guy who knows how to get buckets.

This season has not lived up to that hype. Rice has gotten in just five games, played just 43 garbage time minutes for the Wizards. He’s sitting on the bench in the D-League right now. He doesn’t have a guaranteed contract and on a Wizards’ team loaded with wing depth (especially with the emergence of Rasual Butler) he can’t crack the rotation.

Now the Wizards are trying to trade him, reports Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post.

With a gluttony of wing players and limited financial flexibility, the Washington Wizards intend to trade Glen Rice Jr. before his contract becomes guaranteed on Jan. 10, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Washington has already spoken to other teams about Rice, who was shipped to the D-League in late November and hasn’t played in the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ last four games despite no reported injury.

They are not going to get much back for him, likely a second round pick.

Teams with interest in him may be willing to wait the Wizards out — if they can’t trade him by Jan. 10 they may just waive Rice Jr. Then a team could pick him up without sacrificing a pick.

The question is was there a GM in the stands in the corner of the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas who saw Rice play and thought “maybe he can fit what we do” and would be wiling to give up a second round pick for him (likely one with conditions attached).