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).