Rakeem Christmas To Play In Turkey

Former Pacers forward Rakeem Christmas is heading overseas for the 2017/18 season. Turkish team Galatasaray announced today (Twitter link) that Christmas will be joining the club. It’ll be a one-year deal, according to the team (Turkish press release).

Christmas, 25, made his NBA debut for the Pacers in 2015/16 after earning a spot on the G League All-Star team that season. He played in just one game in ’15/16 for Indiana, but had a strong year for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 13.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 1.7 BPG in 48 contests.

Christmas stuck with the Pacers for 2016/17, appearing in 29 regular season games for the team. However, the 6’9″ forward saw limited action in those games, averaging 2.0 PPG and 1.9 RPG in just 7.6 minutes per contest. He was waived last month by Indiana before his salary for the coming season became guaranteed.

Austin Daye, Tibor Pleiss, and Joey Dorsey are among the former NBAers who have played for Galatasaray in Turkey in recent years.

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