INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have acquired forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick that the Pacers acquired in the recent trade for Roy Hibbert.
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Christmas, 6-9, 250, was a second-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. He was selected 36th overall by Minnesota and was traded later draft night to the Cavaliers. He played collegiately at Syracuse where in his senior season he averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. In his four-year career with the Orangemen, he played 142 games.
"We really liked Rakeem when he came in for pre-draft workouts," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "He is a solid player who was a contributor all four years at Syracuse and we look forward to having him on our team."