JULY 19: Rice won’t sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Suns after all, according to Carchia, who hears from Rice himself that he wants to keep his overseas options open (Twitter link).
JULY 18: After participating in Summer League play with the team earlier this month, free agent guard Rayvonte Rice is expected to sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Suns, a source tells Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Carchia notes that the news was first reported by Italian outlet La Prealpina.
Rice, who went undrafted out of Illinois in 2015, has played professionally in a handful of international leagues since then, spending time with clubs in Italy, France, and Mexico.
The 27-year-old joined the Suns for Las Vegas Summer League this year and appeared in three games for the team, averaging 9.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 1.3 SPG in 19.7 minutes per contest. Much of his production came in a single game against the Knicks, when he scored 19 points in 22 minutes.
Assuming the Suns and Rice do finalize an Exhibit 10 deal, he’d be a long shot to make the regular season roster, but could end up playing for the Norther Arizona Suns, Phoenix’s G League affiliate.