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Bulls’ Deal With Glen Rice Off

September 20, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Bulls’ anticipated deal with Glen Rice fell through Wednesday, the latest blow to the club’s rebuilding plans.

``The Chicago Bulls no longer have any interest in signing free agent Glen Rice,″ the team said.

The Bulls reportedly were set to announce Rice’s signing Wednesday. But a league source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the forward changed his mind.

Rice averaged 15.9 points last season, helping the Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA title. But he was unhappy with his playing time and his diminished role in the postseason. A three-time All-Star, Rice has a career average of 20.2 points.

The Bulls were all but shut out in the free agent market this summer, failing to land any of the available big names _ Tracy McGrady, Eddie Jones, Tim Duncan, Grant Hill or Tim Thomas.

They have signed Ron Mercer and Brad Miller.

Rice was a key element in a proposed four-team trade that would have sent him to the New York Knicks, but that, too, fell through.

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