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Celtics waive Christmas, Smith

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) October 16, 2012 Celtics News, Dionte Christmas 12 Comments

After an afternoon of questionable reports, the Celtics have confirmed they did indeed waive Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith.

Smith, a 6’3 guard, appeared in four preseason games for the Celtics and averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 rebound. Christmas, a 6’5 guard, appeared in four preseason games for the Celtics and averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

The Celtics roster now stands at 16.

The move is actually a nice courtesy by the Celtics, who now give Christmas and Smith an opportunity to hook on with another team since it’s early in the preseason.  Personally, I was pulling for Christmas after having spoken with him over the summer.  Jason Terry had also taken Christmas under his wing, and was eagerly showing him the ropes.  I also believe it’s possible for the Celtics to put both on the Maine Red Claws now and retain them in a D-League capacity should they not sign with another team.

Meanwhile, this is opening up speculation as to who can win the back up point guard position.  It’s entirely possible the Celtics will bring in another player, but considering what we’ve seen this preseason, they seem content to let Jason Terry and Courtney Lee handle things for the few minutes a game Rondo is out.

Good luck to Christmas and Smith.  Both are hard workers and, by the way, both had partially guaranteed deals that give them a little bit of cash on the way out the door.  It’s not much by NBA standards, but by real person standards, it’d be gigantic for me.

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  • PicketyP

    A little surprised to see Christmas go, if only because of the guarantee. His play in the preseason wasn’t stellar.

    I don’t expect the C’s to bring in anyone else here. They’ll probably run with the 14-man roster through the first half of the regular season (assuming Joseph sticks) to keep some flexibility if needed.

  • Brian

    Hmmm that’s to bad. SMith didn’t do much for me but christas was a summer league star. I guess he just couldn’t learn the system. He was a nice guy that’s to bad. So what does that mean for the roster?

    Paul
    Kg
    Sully
    Bradley
    Rondo

    Terry
    Lee
    Darko
    Wilcox
    Green
    Bass
    Fab
    Joseph
    Collins, and? Looks like we are picking up a vet point? Please don’t be D Fish., Please don’t be D FIsh

    • Chulinho

      Agree with you on Fisher. Keep him far, far away from the Celtics.

      After him, there’s really not much to choose from. Just about all of the rest of the remaining guards are old, oft-injured, or players that are pretty much unknown. Leandro Barbosa, Gilbert Arenas, Mike Bibby, and Baron Davis just to name a few. I’d pass on them all honestly.

    • frickenWaaaltaaah

      Fisher is a FA, and it sounds like he’s looking for a way to get to LA.

      LA wants to move somebody instead of cutting somebody, because they are deep into luxury tax land.

      So it sounds like rather than Fish, the option here would be doing a sign and trade of Fish to LA for Steve Blake.

  • Kevin

    Now Micah Downs has a chance to make the team!!

    • LA Flake

      yeah, i’m definitely pulling for micah downs, too. but it’d be good to keep a roster spot or two open just in case.

      • kg215

        I’d rather cut Kurz/Micah downs and keep the spots open. They aren’t the worst players I’ve ever seen but they shouldn’t be playing in any regular season game or playoffs for us.

  • Chulinho

    Kind of sad to hear this. Even though he struggled in the first few preseason games, Christmas brought a lot energy to the team.I feel like he was becoming a fan favorite because of his work ethic and endearing attitude. I wish Dionte, and Jamar, the best of luck.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Next to get cut….Rob Kurz

  • W2.

    Downs seems much more comfortable playing at game speed than either Smith of XMAS (though he too will most likely get the ax). XMAS was a disappointment after a strong summer league. He could not play without the ball. I like Jamar’s defense, but think he looks the size, strength, swag, and quickness to catch on in the NBA. My guess is the both end up overseas.

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  • Jester00

    we need kevin pittsnogle