Sunday, June 28, 2009

Christmas to join Sixers summer league team

Temple's Dionte Christmas has accepted an invitation from the Sixers to join their summer league team in Orlando.

Christmas will join Sixers pick Jrue Holiday and last year's first-round pick Marreese Speights on the summer league roster.

The Sixers are combining with the New Jersey Nets to form a team for the Orlando Pro Summer League, to be played July 6-10 at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, Florida.

Joining that trio of players as the Sixers representatives in Orlando are guard Blake Ahearn and forwards Gary Forbes, Rob Kurz and Marcus Slaughter.

Ahearn (6-2/190) has played a total of 15 games in the NBA for San Antonio and Miami, averaging 5.2 points, 1.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. He was named First Team All D-League this past season and took home D-League Rookie of the Year honors in 2007-08. Ahearn led the D-League in 3-pointers made last season on 43.1% shooting.

Forbes (6-6/221) played his final two seasons at Massachusetts after starting his collegiate career at Virginia. He joined Julius Erving as the only players in UMass history to score 1,000 points in two seasons. After going undrafted last year, Forbes spent time playing overseas and in the D-League this past season.

Kurz (6-9/232) signed as a rookie free agent with Golden State last summer and went on to appear in 40 games with five starts for the Warriors, averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game. He attended Germantown Academy and William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.

Slaughter (6-9/220) was an early entry candidate in the 2006 NBA Draft out of San Diego State after earning First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a junior. Most recently, he has played in Germany and France. Last summer, Slaughter played for Charlotte in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

The Sixers will depart for Orlando on Thursday, July 2 and will conduct a three-day mini-camp leading up to their first game on Monday, July 6.

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