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Glen Rice Jr. gets D-League injury rehab assignment

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The Wizards will send their second-round pick down to the Iowa Energy to recover from a broken wrist. The first-round pick will not be going with him.

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Well, this is interesting. The Wizards have decided to send Glen Rice Jr. down to the D-League as he continues to rehab from a broken wrist. Here's the Wizards' press release on the matter.

Rice initially suffered the injury on December 17, which is about a month ago. From the sounds of it, he'll remain with Iowa through the Wizards' West Coast swing that starts on Friday. He's been cleared to resume all basketball activities, so I'd think he'll play in a number of games while in Iowa.

The obvious immediate follow-up question here pertains to the Wizards' other rookie, Otto Porter. He too was dealing with an injury that pushed him behind the 8 ball earlier this season. He too could likely have used some game experience to get his conditioning up before returning to the parent club. Heck, he still could use some game experience to get his confidence back. And yet, he remained/remains in D.C. while Rice is shipped out to Iowa.

UPDATE: Randy Wittman's pregame interview touched on these questions.