Darius Rice

Darius Rice Update

The Magic, looking for wing players to add depth, could be interested in Darius Rice, a former University of Miami star. Rice, 6-10, has played for the Miami Heat and in the D-League. He is represented by Tony Dutt, Rashard Lewis' agent. . .


In Vegas: Why Isn’t Darius Rice in the NBA?

He’s been around the world, playing basketball wherever he can. The laundry list of pit stops includes Europe, China, Miami, Dallas, and New Jersey. But Darius Rice has yet to appear on an opening day roster. So why isn’t he playing in the NBA?

“I’m not a general manager,” said Rice, 24. “All I can say is it’s my third year and I’m just continuing to work hard … All I need is someone to give me one opportunity and hopefully this is the year.”

Rice can give a handful of reasons of why he should be in the NBA and then some. The list is headlined by his jaw dropping performance for the Dakota Wizards in the NBDL Championship game. Rice came off the bench to score a playoff record 52 points en route to victory. He also hit a playoff record 11 three pointers. Not too shabby for a 6‘10“ forward.

“In that 52 point game, the players were really looking at me,” Rice said. “I felt like everything was going to go in. I could have shot it backward and it would’ve gone in.”

Work In Progress: Darius Rice

LAS VEGAS, July 7, 2007 -- The destination hasn’t changed for Darius Rice, just the highway he has chosen to drive in order to get there.

When the 2007 regular season tips off, Rice wants to be on an NBA roster. And that is why he is in Las Vegas at NBA Summer League presented by adidas as a member of the Cavaliers.

Rice is willing to do whatever it takes to make it to the NBA in the fall. And his performance on Saturday against the Spurs was a good place to begin.

Getting the start at forward, Rice led all scorers with 19 points as the Cavaliers did something they couldn’t do in last month’s NBA Finals – beat the Spurs.

Anyone who has seen him play knows that he can flat out shoot the rock. Rice’s long-distance prowess was on display inside Cox Pavilion as he made 7-of-13 shots, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. He also pulled down five rebounds in his 25 minutes on the court.

In Vegas: Darius Rice To Sign NBA Contract

Darius Rice scored 19 points against the San Antonio Spurs in the Cavaliers' first game of summer league action, and that was enough to get NBA front office people talking. Basketball News learned on Monday night that the Milwaukee Bucks are 'very close' to offering Rice a contract if the Cavaliers don't do so soon.

The Orlando Magic, who already have scouts in town, are sending an additional to Las Vegas on Tuesday to get a closer look at Rice, and if the Magic don't take care of business, the Heat are also interested in Rice, a graduate of Miami.

It looks like Rice will have an NBA contract soon.