BOSTON (CBS) – Dionte Christmas got his wish this summer.
After an impressive showing with the Celtics‘ summer league team, Christmas and the team have reportedly agreed to a contract for this season.
“Wanna thank the @Celtics for giving me this opportunity to make my dream come true,” Christmas tweeted Sunday evening.
The 25-year-old Christmas turned heads during Summer League action the last two weeks, starting nine of the 10 contests in Orlando and Las Vegas. The 6-5 guard averaged 13.2 points off 46-percent shooting and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Summer C’s.
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Christmas went undrafted in 2009 after playing four years at Temple. In his senior year, Christmas averaged 19.5 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Owls but would spend the next three years bouncing around Israel, the Czech Republic and Greece.
According to reports, Christmas will get a partially guaranteed deal from Boston. The Boston Herald is reporting Christmas turned down more money overseas to take a chance in the NBA.
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This is one of those feel-good stories of a player performing well during the summer league and getting his chance in the NBA. He probably won’t see much — if any — time on the floor during the regular season, but will now get to take the floor with the C’s during practice, and should get a chance to make the team in camp or get time in the NBADL with the Maine Red Claws.