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Dionte Christmas | Guard

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 212
College: Temple
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The Suns sign guard Dionte Christmas.
"We're excited to add Dionte to our roster," said general manager Ryan McDonough. "He was a key contributor for our Las Vegas Summer League team and his scoring ability, leadership and toughness will help us this season." Fri, Sep 13, 2013 09:40:00 PM

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Dionte Christmas shot 6-of-10 from the field for 14 points during Sunday's 69-59 win over the Heat, adding five boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

Last year he spent some time in Russia after being cut by the Celtics. Christmas was a star at Temple from 2005-09 and averaged at least 19.5 points in his last three seasons while also making 2.9 triples per game, as well. Obviously, there's a big difference from a solid outing in July and in the NBA, so Christmas is well off the fantasy radar.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Dionte Christmas, who was cut by the Celtics, has signed with CSKA Moscow.

Christmas will continue his career overseas with eyes on eventually returning to the NBA.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Celtics waive SG Dionte Christmas.

The Celtics must still pay Christmas over $235k in guaranteed money, but he'll be free to workout for other NBA teams, or more likely head to the D-League. It's a bit surprising that he was beat out for the final roster spot by Kris Joseph, but the Celtics are stacked at SG and need depth behind Paul Pierce at SF.
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 05:31:00 PM

Dionte Christmas has the "inside track" to make the Celtics, according to CSNNE.com.

There have now been a handful of reports claiming Christmas to be a favorite to win one roster spot up for grabs, and one major reason is because he has a large portion of his salary guaranteed. He's impressed with some things he's done in the preseason, and it would be a small surprise if Christmas wasn't on the team opening night.
Source: CSNNE.com
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 09:43:00 AM

Dionte Christmas is the "clear-cut favorite" to make the Celtics roster out of the players on non-guaranteed deals, according to CSNNE.com.

Christmas' contract calls for approximately half of his minimum salary to be guaranteed, so that's going to play a major role in the team's decision-making process considering the Celtics are hard-capped at $74.3 million. As things stand right now, it appears Christmas has a better chance of making the roster than second-round pick Kris Joseph.
Source: CSNNE.com
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 11:21:00 AM

Beat writer A. Sherrod Blakely believes Dionte Christmas has a "very good shot" to make the final roster.

Christmas was signed as a free agent after a strong showing at summer league, and he's looking to carve out a niche for himself in the league at the end of Boston's bench. He'll offer no fantasy value if he makes the team.
Tue, Sep 18, 2012 11:05:00 AM

Jason Terry is helping Dionte Christmas transition to the NBA.

"Once we got to Boston, Jason told he me was going to look after me," Christmas said. "He wanted to see me be the best player I could be for Boston and be the best person I could be, period." The two have spent multiple hours in the gym together and Terry is helping Christmas with his shot and with his skills at the shooting guard position. While it's a nice gesture and will certainly help team chemistry, Christmas isn't on the fantasy radar.
Source: CSNNE.com
Thu, Sep 6, 2012 10:11:00 AM

Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston believes Dionte Christmas has the "inside track" for the Celtics final roster spot.

Forsberg makes it clear that it's only his prediction, but the choice is going to come down to keeping either Christmas or Jamar Smith. Forsberg notes Christmas' versatility as well as a "well-rounded game," but also believes that he'll have to continue to impress during training camp to convince the Celtics to carry 15 players.
Source: ESPN Boston
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 08:15:00 AM

Celtics sign G Dionte Christmas.

Christmas was offered a partially-guaranteed deal on the strength of his play at Summer League, where he averaged 14.2 points and made 45 percent of his 3-pointers. Even if the 6'5" SG manages to make Boston's regular season roster, he won't be worth owning in fantasyland.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 06:19:00 PM

Celtics signed G Dionte Christmas to a partially guaranteed contract.

Christmas was a standout at summer league, and he had previously said that it would be a "dream come true" if the Celtics guaranteed his contract for the season. The two sides settled in the middle, and Christmas' deal comes with a partial guarantee and an invite to training camp. He shot 45 percent from behind the arc during summer league while averaging 14.2 points.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mon, Jul 23, 2012 08:04:00 AM

Dionte Christmas has been excellent for the Celtics during Summer League, but he has offers from teams overseas and isn't a lock to attend Boston's training camp.

"If [the Celtics] guaranteed me for a year, that would be a dream come true," said Christmas, who added that teams overseas expect his decision "within a week or so." Working against Christmas is that he's a 6'5" shooting guard, which is already a position of depth for Boston.
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 02:16:00 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that the Celtics would like to have Dionte Christmas at training camp.

Christmas, playing with the Celtics in summer league, has been impressive and Ainge said that the team has been "talking" to Christmas about coming to training camp with the team. The trade of E'Twaun Moore to the Rockets will "likely" open a spot on the roster for Christmas, according to the Boston Herald.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 08:50:00 AM

Dionte Christmas needs FIBA clearance in order to sign with the Rockets.

The two sides have come to terms, but the Rockets will only sign him if he gets FIBA clearance in time for the rest of the regular season.
Tue, Apr 24, 2012 08:36:00 AM

Rockets will sign G/F Dionte Christmas.

Christmas has been trying to get a shot in the NBA ever since going undrafted out of Temple in 2009. His contract with the Rockets is likely non-guaranteed for the 2012-13 season.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 04:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Archie Goodwin
3Ishmael Smith
SG1Eric Bledsoe
2Gerald Green
3Leandro Barbosa
4Dionte Christmas
SF1P.J. Tucker
2Marcus Morris
PF1Channing Frye
2Markieff Morris
3Shavlik Randolph
C1Miles Plumlee
2Alex Len
3Vyacheslav Kravtsov
4Emeka Okafor