The Phoenix Suns and Dionte Christmas agreed to a partially guaranteed multi-year contract on Sept. 13.
Christmas’ performance for the Suns Las Vegas Summer League team convinced the Suns to offer a contract.
“We’re excited to add Dionte to our roster,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough, via the team’s official release. “He was a key contributor for our Las Vegas Summer League team and his scoring ability, leadership and toughness will help us this season.”
The 6-5 swingman averaged 10.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game for the Suns’ Summer League squad in Las Vegas. He shot 46 percent from the field and 32 percent on 3-pointers, while showing an adept ability to quickly get his shot off and renewed focus on the defensive end.
Phoenix now has 17 players under contract, including eight guards. The other seven guards are Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Shannon Brown, Archie Goodwin, Kendall Marshall, Malcolm Lee and Ish Smith.
Christmas, 26, has spent the first four years of his professional career overseas after going undrafted in 2009. He spent last season with Montepaschi Siena of the Italian Serie-A, averaging 5.1 points in nine games.