Veteran guard Dionte Christmas has been waived by the Phoenix Suns, the team announced on Thursday. Waiving Christmas, who signed a contract with the Suns before last season, saves the Suns the $816,482 due for the 214-15 season. His deal for this season was non-guaranteed.
That means Phoenix currently has 13 players under contract, if including rookies T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis. The Suns would have 14 players and one open spot if they reach an agreement with free agent Eric Bledsoe. NBA teams are allowed to carry 15 players on their roster.
The 27-year-old Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in his 31 appearances in 2013-14. The three-point specialist only connected on 29 percent of his three-pointers and 36 percent of his overall attempts, but it’s unlikely Phoenix would be in a situation where it would need him considering all the depth at the guard slots.
Phoenix’s locker room culture certainly will take a different form from last season, and that might be the biggest concern this offseason. The bench mob lost extroverts Christmas and Ish Smith, and that seemingly makes the re-signing of P.J. Tucker all the more important.