June 11, 2013
[...] Tolliver's contract with Cleveland was a typical 'summer' (read as 'training camp') contract. It was a fully unguaranteed rookie minimum salary contract, which, in the 2007/08 season, was worth $427,163. Tolliver was one of several camp signings for the Cavaliers that season - alongside Noel Felix, Chet Mason, Hassan Adams, Darius Rice, and a re-signed Dwayne Jones - and was an outside shot to make the roster based purely on the numbers game alone.
[...] It seemed mostly innocuous that Tolliver earned a few dollars for his brief stint with the Cavs that season. There are 170 days in an NBA regular season, and players unguaranteed for a lack of skill are paid per diem for each day they are on the roster, including partial days and time on waivers (which, at the time, was 48 hours not including weekends). For his one day of work, then - a day on which he didn't even make the active list - Tolliver received four days of pay, $10,051 (which is $427,163 / 170 * 4). Similarly, all three of Adams, Felix and Rice received $8,088 - they were waived suitably late that their two days on waivers earned them two days of pay.
June 7, 2010
Darius Rice - 2 games, 21.7 mpg, 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.0 bpg, 57% FG, 42% 3PT, 80% FT
Pickett is a former Hornets draft pick[ett] out of Florida State, whose official draft night board name slate thing can be all yours for only $7.20. He has absolutely torn it up in China these last couple of seasons, averaging over 39 points per game in 2008-09 and an equally healthy 29.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.0apg and 2.6spg this season for Shaanxi Dongshen. He was brought to Arecibo to replace Sims, but he himself was replaced by Darius Rice. Rice joined Arecibo after spending a season in Hungary with a team called Szolnoki Olajbanyasz, averaging 17.4 points per game, but left after they were knocked out of the playoffs. There will be no further analysis of the Hungarian playoffs.
April 15, 2010
- Darius Rice
For some reason, despite regularly getting workouts from NBA teams over 5 years after going undrafted, Darius Rice chooses weird leagues to play in. He spent last year in Uruguay, and has spent this year in Hungary with a team called Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. Rice ranks 9th in Hungary with a 18.1 points per game average, and ranks 11th in rebounds at 6.6 rpg, so maybe there's method to the madness. He led Uruguay last year with a 25.3ppg average, too. Maybe he prefers starring in bad leagues to being an also-ran in good ones. I can buy that, I guess.