The Celtics agreed to contracts with Summer League standouts Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith in addition to veteran center Jason Collins, according to multiple reports.
Collins is expected to sign a veteran minimum deal to replace the departed Greg Stiemsma, while shooting guards Christmas and Smith have been invited to C's training camp, presumably on non-guaranteed contracts.
"Wanna thank the @Celtics for giving me this opportunity to make my dream come true," tweeted Christmas, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard who averaged 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals as a senior for Temple in 2008-09. He has played in Israel, the Czech Republic and Greece since.
The 7-foot, 33-year-old Collins, known as a Dwight Howard stopper defensively, averaged just 1.3 points and 1.6 points in 30 games for the Hawks last season. He averaged 2.4 and 2.4 in 17 minutes a night over five games in the first round of the playoffs against the Celtics.
A 6-foot-3 guard out of Southern Indiana, Smith averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 48 games for the Maine Red Claws (the C's NBA Development League affiliate) last season.
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