The Boston Celtics have signed Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith, two guards who will attend training camp with hopes of making the opening day roster.
Christmas told ESPN Boston’s Greg Payne his contract will be partially guaranteed.
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.
“I actually got the call before the game started,” Christmas said. “I don’t really know all the details now, but I’m going to go over them with the staff. But I’m just happy, man, emotional. I actually got the call literally two minutes before the game started.”
The Courtney Lee trade helped to give Christmas a real opportunity with the Celtics. It opened a couple roster spots and sent away E’Twaun Moore, a similar player who was already in the Celtics system last season and likely would have beaten out Christmas for a roster spot.
Smith hasn’t been as productive as Christmas during summer league, but the 6-foot-3 combo-guard seems to enjoy setting nets on fire. He went scoreless during today’s game but impressed with a quick, accurate trigger for most of Boston’s two weeks of summer league play. The Boston Globe reported that Smith has signed a contract, but did not mention whether it was guaranteed. I would imagine it’s not. He was also a training camp invitee in 2010, but was waived before the regular season.
If I can count accurately, the Celtics’ roster now stands at 15. Danny Ainge’s summer of impressive moves could be over, or perhaps he’ll add another body or two for training camp and make Christmas and Smith sweat out the final cut.