RICE, LAKERS ON HOLD FOR RIGHT NOW FORWARD AWAITS WORD ON FUTURE HOME.
Byline: Howard Beck Staff Writer
From San Antonio San Antonio (săn ăntō`nēō, əntōn`), city (1990 pop. 935,933), seat of Bexar co., S central Tex., at the source of the San Antonio River; inc. 1837. to Indiana, from the Mile-High City to the Magic Kingdom, a cacophony of cash registers will ring, ding and ka-ching for some of the NBA's top free agents today. But in Miami, Glen Rice Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28 1967, in Flint where he played for Flint Northwestern High School, Michigan) is a retired American NBA basketball player. Rice was a three-time NBA All-Star small forward well known for his pinpoint shooting accuracy, ranking 4th in NBA history with hears only the sound of silence.
The NBA's free-agent signing season opened just after midnight EDT EDT
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EDT . And over the next few days, Tim Duncan Timothy "Tim" Theodore Duncan (born April 25 1976 in Christiansted, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6'11" (2. , Grant Hill and Jalen Rose Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently with the Phoenix Suns. In college he was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines' "Fab Five" (along with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy are expected to sign multiyear, multimillion-dollar contracts with the Spurs, Magic and Pacers, respectively.
But Rice, the Lakers' shooting specialist, is no more certain about his future now than he was July 1, when he officially became a free agent 11 days after winning his first NBA NBA
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2. National Boxing Association
NBA (US) n abbr (= National Basketball Association) → Basketball-Dachverband (= championship.
The phone isn't ringing. The Lakers aren't calling. Rice's patience is waning.
Will he stay with the reigning champions? Return to Charlotte in a rumored sign-and-trade deal? Sign with the Chicago Bulls The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. They play in the National Basketball Association. The team was founded in 1966, and has won six NBA Championships since. outright? Not even Rice can say for sure.
``I haven't heard from the Lakers, so I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. ,'' Rice said Monday by phone from Miami. ``I've been through this situation before, not knowing where I'm gonna be. It seems like it's been that way ever since I've been with the Lakers. It's nothing new. I'm used to it.''
Of course, many things remain uncertain with the Lakers, including the state of their entire front office. Executive vice president Jerry West
Meanwhile, they quietly work to improve a roster in desperate need of frontcourt muscle.
But the Lakers, who have yet to make a decision on Rice, are also unlikely to make any immediate splash in free agency. They have salary-cap exceptions for $2.25 million and $1.2 million available and hope to land a starting power forward, but no deals are imminent.
``My guess is there will be a flurry of activity (today),'' general manager Mitch Kupchak said. ``I think it's unlikely we'll be involved (today), although not impossible.''
But once again, that mission could lead back to Rice. After two sometimes-lackluster, sometimes-strained seasons with the Lakers, Rice seems destined des·tine
tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.
2. to change addresses once more. The latest rumors have him signing with the Bulls or returning to the Hornets, who dealt him to L.A. in March 1999 for Eddie Jones.
Charlotte now reportedly is set to trade Jones and others to Miami, in exchange for a package that includes power forward P.J. Brown. The Hornets could in turn send Brown to the Lakers for Rice, who would have to sign a new contract first.
Rice simply laughed at all the speculation but said, ``I haven't ruled out anything. It's all up to them (the Lakers), you know?''
``I don't have a feel right now'' about what will happen. ``I'm just chillin'. . . . I'll play wherever, as long as I'm playing basketball.''
Kupchak said the Lakers have been in contact with representatives for Rice but said, ``I don't really have anything concrete to pass on regarding Glen. It's something we're still trying to figure out the best way to handle it for Glen and for us.''
If they can't re-sign or sign-and-trade Rice, the Lakers are prepared to let him walk away without their getting compensation.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have picked up a one-year option to retain veteran guard Ron Harper and plan to re-sign free-agent guard Brian Shaw. They also expect to sign second-round draft pick Cory Hightower soon, which will bring the total number of players under contract to 12.
As for reinforcements in the frontcourt, Kupchak has no firm timeline for sealing a deal.
``Certainly, we'd like to address our business as soon as possible, in a timely fashion, but if it takes a week or two weeks or a month, that's what it takes,'' he said. ``We find it's always best to take care of our business as soon as possible.''
Photo: no caption (Glen Rice playing basketball) Gus Ruelas/Staff Photographer