Dionte Christmas Rumors

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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.
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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.
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.”
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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.