After landing with a potential championship contender in the Cleveland Cavaliers in June’s NBA Draft, former Syracuse University All-American Rakeem Christmas has been dealt to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a second round pick in the 2019 draft. In other words, in a few months no one is going to remember who the hell got traded for Rakeem Christmas.
But while no one is going to remember how the Pacers acquired the former Orange star, the important thing here is that Christmas has not only been traded, but has signed a guaranteed contract with the NBA squad that soon enough is going to be calling themselves “Hickory” in the near future. Word is, Christmas signed a four year, $4.5 million deal with $2 million guaranteed with the Pacers, which is terrific news for the four year big man for the Orange.
Christmas averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds-per-game this summer for the Cavs in summer league action, and joins an incredibly young Indiana roster that features only one player (Chris Copeland) over the age of 30. And the best part is the fact that, now that Roy Hibbert is gone, he won’t have to share a locker room with a damned, dirty Hoya, either.