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Reports: Kris Joseph makes Celtics roster; Christmas, Smith waived

Oct 16, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

Dionte Christmas AP

Dionte Christmas looked pretty good for the Celtics at Summer League. He has played well enough for them this preseason that CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely thought he stood a good chance to make the team.

Nope. Multiple reports have come out today that Kris Joseph has made the Celtics roster and both Christmas and Jamar Smith have been waived. Peter Yannopoulos of TSN Radio 690 in Montreal was first with the story, since confirmed by Gary Tanguay of CSNNE.com.

While Christmas may have looked like the best of the backup point guards in camp for the Celtics, he has looked up and down in preseason games. With more downs than ups. That was apparently enough for Danny Ainge to make a call.

The question is where do the Celtics go now for a backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo. Can’t believe it is Micah Downs from in camp. Free agents Leandro Barbosa (not a bad call) and Derek Fisher (not a good call) are out there as free agents. There also may be teams like the Lakers (Chris Duhon and Steve Blake) and the Raptors (Jose Calderon, although his $10 million salary is steep) who might be willing to make a trade.

  1. lakerluver - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    D. Fish wouldn’t be caught dead in Celtics jersey!!

  2. jtchernak - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Very pleased that Joseph made it he has a lot of potential and has looked good

  3. readysethike - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    celts are not makin a trade with the lakers…stupid to even throw that out there

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    You knew he was getting cut as soon as PBT ran a feel good piece on him 3 hrs ago

  5. themanchine - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Barbosa is a SG in a PG’s body.

  6. jjordannba - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    This is a mistake. Dionte Christmas is a baller, he’s been better than Kris Joseph all summer. Some team needs to pick this man up.

  7. therealhtj - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Just like the Celtics to ruin Christmas.

  8. dysraw1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I really liked what i saw in the kid [Christmas] its to bad he didn’t make the team. hope he lands on his feet.

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