The American guard Dionte Christmas will continue his career elsewhere as the Russian champions have released him today. His place on the CSKA roster will be taken by Theodoros Papaloukas.

Christmas joined CSKA in the beginning of November when they had lost Zoran Erceg to injury and needed to improve their outside shooting. Wearing red and blue Dionte had become the Euroleague leader in 3-point percentage (55.6%) and executed his mission perfectly.

He averaged 6.5 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals in 15.3 minutes playing in 13 Euroleague games; 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals in 17.0 minutes of 8 VTB United League games; 4.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.2 assists in 16.5 minutes of 5 PBL games.

Ettore Messina, justified the move: “We appreciate Dionte’s effort, his abilities and everything he gave us in these months with the team. The reason why we made the change is because we think we need a different structure of the team and Papaloukas can bring us what we feel we need at this moment”.

Source: CSKA Moscow