May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Glen Rice Jr is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Wizards Acquire Glen Rice Jr. In Trade

Jan, 29, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Glen Rice Jr. (41) on the court in the first half at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards have traded the No.38 and No.54 picks for Glen Rice Jr. , who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round in tonight’s NBA Draft.

Washington wasn’t expected to use both their second round picks, since both head coach Randy Wittman and general manager Ernie Grunfeld weren’t interested in adding three rookies to the roster next season.

Glen Rice Jr. had some off-court issues during his time in Georgia Tech, which ultimately caused him to get dismissed by coach Brian Gregory. Rice eventually made his way to the NBA Developmental League, where he averaged 25 points and nearly 10 rebounds with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the post-season.

Washington was looking for someone who could put the ball in the basket at a high rate while providing energy, and they may have found that in Glen Rice Jr.

With Otto Porter Jr. , Trevor Ariza and Glen Rice Jr. all presumably on the roster, Martell Webster’s future in Washington is certainly questionable.

I’m honestly not a fan of this move, but it does have a high reward if it works out. Washington has obviously had trouble with players with off-court issues in the past, which makes this a bit of a head scratching trade.

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  • nich obert

    We don’t know what any of his issues were except one, he was in a car with a drunk driver and another passenger who accidentally discharged a firearm while attempting to hand it to a police officer who had pulled them over.

    Nothing else he did was juicy enough to warrant details for the public, but I’d assume the team talked to Georgia tech.

    DC has been SO adamant about guys with character issues having no place in their system. I don’t think they’d dump a proven scorer like Steez for nothing and then make an exception for a d league 2nd rounder.

    Watch his grantland interview, he comes off as incredibly humble and so happy to be there.

    And oh yeah, he averaged 29/11/4/3/3 in the d league finals. Is proven from an NBA 3 point line, etc.

    I APPLAUD the Wizards for not being overly cautious here. He’s a 1st round talent that seems like he internalized hi lessons and grew up big time. I think he’s a fantastic addition.

    Also, he’s going to be the backup 2, not the 3.p
    And I wouldn’t be too too worried about Martell. Trading Ariza is still one of the better ways we can upgrade our bigs, better than drafting 2nd rounders anyway.