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Baby Steps For Tyrese Rice

When Tyrese Rice visited Washington for a pre-draft workout three weeks ago his future was full of uncertainty.

Unlike some of his peers who were drafted, the NBA Draft didn’t clear up the confusion for Rice as he failed to get selected. Now with the possibility of playing overseas looming in the horizon he’s headed to Las Vegas to play for the Washington Wizards summer league team.

Call it one last chance for the talented guard to turn some heads and prove he belongs in the NBA next season.

When I caught up with Rice after his workout for the Wizards, he mentioned how great it would be to play in Washington, given its proximity to Chesterfield, Virginia. While Rice was not chosen on draft night, he was able to land on the Wizards’  Summer League Roster where he’ll have less than a week to prove his game is worthy of a roster spot.

Having to battle for a training camp invite may not be the ideal way to land in the NBA but things may just turn out for Rice if he’s able to land on his hometown teams opening night roster.

After the Wizards final practice before flying to Las Vegas, Rice talked to Hoops Addict and others about what Flip Saunders expects from him, what he can bring to the Wizards and why he choose to play for the Wizards in the Las Vegas Summer League.

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Rashad Mobley
Rashad Mobley is a senior writer for Hoops Addict who has covered the Washington Wizards with media credentials since the 2008-2009 NBA season. He has appeared on Fox Sports Radio and KRNU 90.3.
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