The Washington Wizards have acquired former Georgia Tech wing Glen Rice Jr. from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the 38th and 54th picks in this year's draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Rice was selected with the 35th overall pick by Philly.
The son of a former NBA All-Star, Rice provides intriguing scoring potential to the Wizards. After leaving Georgia Tech following his freshman year, Rice starred with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League during this year's playoffs, averaging 25 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Rice was suspended multiple times in college, eventually leaving the Yellow Jackets after an incident involving a DUI and discharged firearm.
Based on this scouting report from The Dream Shake, it seems clear the Wizards are getting an NBA-caliber talent. Listed as "athletic as hell," the criticisms about him seem fairly common: poor shot selection, bad basketball I.Q. and weak defense as a result. In other words, this is a high-risk, high-reward selection.
Officially listed at 6'6 and 211 pounds, Rice brings a legitimate NBA body to the table. Some teams may have shied away from him due to the off-court issues, but the Wizards seem prepared to take this kind of risk in the second round given his talent. Draft Express had Rice rated No. 30 entering the draft.
Earlier Thursday, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he would need to, "really be in love with a player," to draft him in the second round. By giving up two picks for the rights to Rice, it appears Washington got that kind of player -- after drafting him and Otto Porter, it'll be interesting to see what happens with Martell Webster.