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Sixers Sign Former Temple Star Dionte Christmas

Christmas last played in the NBA in 2013.

The 15-man roster for opening night of the 2016-17 season have to be set by 5 p.m. Monday evening, but the Sixers are making additions to the roster instead of subtractions.

Philadelphia announced they signed shooting guard Dionte Christmas, using the roster spot created by Elton Brand’s retirement to ink the former Temple standout.

The 30-year-old Christmas, who grew up in Philadelphia, played on teams in Israel, Greece, and Turkey last year alone. His only NBA experience came during the 2013-14 season when he appeared in 31 games for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

Christmas spent his collegiate career at Temple University, and led the Owls to two A-10 titles in 2008 and 2009. He was named A-10 Tournament MVP in both of those years.

He went undrafted in 2009, but joined the Sixers for Orlando Summer League before signing with the team in September. Christmas was waived by the Sixers as one of the final cuts in October. Since then, he’s played in seven different countries, and won an Italian league title in 2013.

Christmas played on the Utah Jazz’s summer league roster this year, averaging 9.4 points per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the field in eight games.

A league source has told Liberty Ballers that Christmas is likely to be cut, but will be designated by the Sixers as an affiliate player, allowing him to play with the Delaware 87ers if he so chooses.

Philadelphia has five cuts to make.