HoopsHype Dionte Christmas rumors

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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. USA Today

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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.” CSNNE.com

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.” CSNNE.com

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Steve Bulpett: Christmas will get a partial guarantee. ... Even if he makes C's and gets full year's salary, he's leaving Euro money on the table. Twitter

The Boston Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent guard Dionte Christmas, a team source confirmed on Sunday. Full details of the deal are not known, but Christmas said following the Celtics' 92-77 summer league loss to the Los Angeles Clippers that the contract will be partially guaranteed. He'll go to training camp with the Celtics in September looking to lock down a roster spot. ESPN.com

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But several veteran free agents were added today, including power forward Othello Hunter, who played last season in China, and Jamar Smith, an NBADL veteran guard who played on a Celtics summer league team two years ago. Free agent guards Dionte Christmas and Jonathan Gibson have also signed on. Boston Herald

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