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Pacers assign Rakeem Christmas to Fort Wayne

The Pacers reserve big will play with the Mad Ants starting Sunday.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers officially announced that they assigned Rakeem Christmas to their D-League affiliate in Fort Wayne, where the reserve big will get some run starting Sunday when the Mad Ants play their first home game of the season.

Following the Pacers win over Cleveland on Wednesday, Christmas made his rounds in the locker room saying good bye to his teammates. He received plenty of support including C.J. Miles and Monta Ellis hyping him up to make the situation work for him.

Christmas played 48 games with the Mad Ants during his rookie season last year, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds. No word on if Christmas will have an extended assignment like last year, or bounce back and forth as the schedule allows.

The Mad Ants play the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Sunday before hitting the road to play the Maine Red Claws in Portland, ME on Tuesday. They then return home for the next two games. That trip alone should keep Rak motivated to work his way back to Indy.