Bradley Beal’s return from injury was inevitably going to have an effect on the other wing players the Washington Wizards employ. The first significant development occurred Thursday when the Wizards announced Glen Rice Jr. was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.
Rice, 23, was inactive for the first time this season in Washington’s 105-102 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, when Beal scored a team-leading 21 points off the bench in his regular season debut.
Rice was an early mainstay in the Wizards’ rotation. After not playing in the season opener due to a sprained ankle, the second-year swingman played in each of the next five games, but he shot just 20 percent from the field and averaged 2.2 points in 8.6 minutes.
His struggles in Washington’s 103-84 blowout loss to the Toronto Raptor led to Coach Randy Wittman giving Rice’s minutes to veteran Rasual Butler in the second half. Butler then seized Rice’s spot in the rotation with his ability to spread the floor. He scored 18 points against the Detroit Pistons and has averaged 8.5 points in six games this season.