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To combat that, he’s spent all but one week since the season ended working out on the Wizards‘ practice court, going through ballhandling drills and trying to get comfortable shooting from different spots on the floor. Porter, who has joined Rice for many of his workouts, has also helped.

“Me and Otto have been playing one-on-one from different angles, from different spots, so it’s always competitive, especially because Otto’s such a great player,” Rice said. “We definitely push each other to the limit.”

Cassell repeatedly said Wednesday, after the Wizards concluded their third day of on-court Summer League workouts, that he’s not at all worried about either of the two veterans.

They’re not, either. The Summer League may mean little, but they each know what they have to do in order to make sure their offseason isn’t wasted.

“We just want to play hard — play hard D, play hard everywhere,” Rice said. “Just work hard. That’s all they want: effort.”