Indiana Pacers trade for Rakeem Christmas from Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Indiana Pacers have had a very good free agency period so far.

Despite losing David West to the San Antonio Spurs and trading Roy Hibbert to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pacers have made some decent signings with Myles Turner, Jordan Hill, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey all coming in.

And now there is another player to add to those ranks after the Pacers managed to pull of a new trade.


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According to a report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Indiana Pacers have managed to acquire Rakeem Christmas in exchange for a second round pick.

The Cavaliers are in win now mode and the shot-blocking youngster wasn't a lock to make the roster, he'll have a much better chance to do that in Indiana where he'll likely back up the aforementioned Turner at Power Forward.

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Previous Interest

It seems like the Pacers had held an interest in Christmas for a while and when the former Syracuse star became available Larry Bird and co. pounced, parting company with a measly 2019 second rounder.

"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."

The 6-foot-9 forward was a second-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. He was selected 36th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Cavaliers on draft night.

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.

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