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Magnolia taps Rakeem Christmas as replacement for James Farr

The Magnolia Hotshots are set to make another import change with just one game left in its elimination round schedule.

Apparently dissatisfied with the performance current reinforcement James Farr, the Hotshots have decided to enlist the services for former NBA player Rakeem Christmas as import for its upcoming matches in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Farr averaged 21.9 points, 18.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 blocks in 9 games for the Hotshots who are currently in the middle of a 3-game slide after winning 5 straight. He came in as a substitute for original choice John Fields who was replaced after playing only 1 game because of a sprained ankle.

The 27-year old Christmas was a 2nd round pick, 36th overall, of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA Rookie Draft. His rights were immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and played for the team in the 2015 NBA Summer League. He didn’t stay for long and was on the move again even before the regular season started, this time ending up with the Indiana Pacers. He appeared in just 30 games and was eventually waived in July of 2017.

Christmas, who is coming off a stint with the New Zealand Breakers in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL), will make his debut against the TNT KaTropa on Wednesday, July 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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