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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed Kevin Jones, Dionte Christmas and Vernon Macklin to their training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Dionte Christmas, power forwards Kevin Jones and Vernon Macklin to non-guaranteed deals as training camp invitees, league sources confirmed Thursday morning.
Free agent guard Dionte Christmas has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year contract, a league source told RealGM.
Shams Charania: Phoenix Suns free agent Dionte Christmas has reached agreement on a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, league source tells RealGM.
Paul Coro: The #Suns waived Dionte Christmas. His $1.15M salary for 2014-15 would’ve become guaranteed next week. The rookie made 31 brief appearances.
The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Dionte Christmas, the team announced today. In his rookie NBA season of 2013-14, Christmas averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 6.4 minutes in 31 games with the Suns. Christmas also played with the Suns’ entry at NBA Summer League 2014 in Las Vegas earlier this month, averaging 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in five games.
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Waiting would pay off, he believed. “Phoenix told me to be patient,” he said. “When the whole Mike Beasley thing happened (the Suns waived Beasley on September 3), they kept in contact with my agent every day and they told me to come out. It was a blessing. I was being patient, I wasn’t rushing anything. I had a lot of overseas deals, a lot of camp offers, but Phoenix was at the top of my list. I was just really waiting for them.”
The 6-5 shooting guard has been chasing his NBA dream since going undrafted out of Temple University in 2009. He played internationally for multiple years, most recently in Italy, but has kept his eyes on his main goal the entire time. “To have an opportunity like this to fulfill my dream and play in the NBA, it’s always been kind of like a no-brainer for me,” Christmas told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview Friday evening after signing the multi-year contract. “I worked hard all my life to get to the NBA, so when a team like this comes where I actually have the opportunity to play, that’s always the top priority for me. I have been overseas for some time now, but I’m trying to make the NBA my home and hopefully Phoenix can be my home for the next couple of years. I can’t wait until everything starts.”
Christmas signed a multi-year contract with a small guarantee on the first season, a deal that is similar in structure to what he had with Boston last year. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough was with Boston last year, when Christmas was waived during the preseason. “He was a key contributor for our Las Vegas Summer League team and his scoring ability, leadership and toughness will help us this season,” McDonough said in a prepared statement.
With seven guards already under contract, the Suns signed shooting guard Dionte Christmas on Friday after he showed his pure scoring ability on their NBA Summer League entry in July.
Amid a strong finish over the final week of NBA summer league, Dionte Christmas has received interest from teams, including from the organization he played for, the Phoenix Suns. “I’m getting positive feedback from a lot of teams,” Christmas told RealGM. “Perhaps I get a call saying they want to see me in training camp or hopefully sign me for the season.”
Montepaschi Siena made official the signing of Dionte Chrismtas. The American guard was free agent after his short stint in Russia with CSKA Moscow. Christmas started the season in NBA with Boston Celtics who cut him during the training camp.
Mens Sana Siena agreed to terms with Dionte Christmas, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. The American guard started the season with the Boston Celtics who cut him during the training camp. Then Christmas joined CSKA Moscow with whom he has played a couple of months.
Olympiacos is interested in Dionte Chrismtas, as reported by Sport24.gr. The American guard was just released by the Celtics during the NBA training camp.
“My personal connection is a nickname. I’m not disrespecting people by not knowing their names,” Garnett said. “Some people don’t even talk to rookies.”
Jared Sullinger is “Sully.” Dionte Christmas is “Temple,” because that’s where he went to college. And Kevin Garnett calls Fab Melo is “Melo” because “I don’t like really calling a man ‘Fab.'” The Boston Celtics rookies are getting nicknames, compliments of the man himself known as “KG” and “The Big Ticket.” Garnett went out of his way on Friday to make it clear that he’s doing it to be affectionate and not because, like many veterans throughout basketball and other sports, he can’t be troubled to learn their real names.
Dan Duggan: From being around the Celts the last few days, Dionte Christmas carries himself like he’s part of the team.
In August, the two officially met as teammates when they spent the week at Reebok’s Canton, Mass., headquarters with fellow athletes John Wall, Jameer Nelson, Ramon Sessions, and Maalik Wayns. They worked out together, ate group dinners, and relaxed by going bowling. During this time, Christmas and Terry also began developing a relationship that quickly evolved as the summer continued. “Once we got to Boston, Jason told me he was going to look after me,” Christmas said. “[He told me] we were going to get in the gym together a lot, he wanted to see me be the best player I could be for Boston and be the best person I could be, period.”
The text message alert woke him at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. Dionte Christmas had been taking a nap, part of his routine to get more rest in preparation for his first NBA season. He reached for his phone and read the question on the screen. “Me and Jason are going to the gym. You want to come?” The message came from a mutual friend of Christmas and Jason Terry. The rookie bolted out of bed, grabbed his gym gear, and headed from his hotel to the Boston Celtics practice facility in Waltham for an impromptu workout session with his new teammate. “I definitely wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to do that,” Christmas told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. “So I got right up. He said, ‘We’ll be in the gym in five minutes.’ I was there in three minutes.”
As Mickael Pietrus has discovered, there may not be much room left at the inn now that Dooling is coming back. That said, the Celtics have still not spent their $1.9 million biannual exception on anyone. Their roster, including Dooling and the recent addition of Jason Collins, is now one over the league maximum at 16. Guard Jamar Smith will be brought into training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, and guard Dionte Christmas is partially guaranteed.