Sampson agreed to a two-way contract with the Kings on Saturday. Sampson was a G-League All-Star last season with the Iowa Energy, posting 15.1 points, 5.9 boards and 1.3 assists across 25.7 minutes per game. The 6-foot-9 forward played for Sacramento in Las Vegas summer league, recording 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in four appearances. In agreeing to a two-way deal, Sampson will spend the majority of the season in the G-League, though may join the Kings at the NBA level for 45 days. Out of college, he was touted as a defensive specialist who is more-or-less positionless. He last played in the NBA during the 2015-16 campaign, posting 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds across 15.9 minutes per game in 73 appearances
Sampson was waived by the Grizzlies Saturday. Well that was fast. Sampson was released by the Nuggets last week before signing with the Grizzlies on Friday. However, he was let go Saturday by the Grizzlies, as they had to put together their final roster. Sampson logged 73 appearances between both the Nuggets and 76ers last season, and it is unclear what his next move will be at this time.
Sampson signed with the Grizzlies on Friday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it's most likely that Sampson signed a non-guaranteed deal and was signed in the hopes that he would ultimately join the Grizzlies D-League team. With Memphis' roster at 20 players and just fives days till the start of the regular season, don't expect Sampson to be a mainstay on the team's final 15-man roster.
The Nuggets opted to waive Sampson on Saturday, Adam Mares of DenverStiffs.com reports. Sampson was one of several players competing for the 15th spot on the Nuggets' roster, but was ultimately not able to make the squad. He averaged 5.2 points, 2.3 boards, and 0.6 assists in 18 minutes per game after being traded to the team last season.
Sampson averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in four Las Vegas Summer League games. Sampson came off the bench to average only 13.0 minutes per game, preventing him from making more than a nominal impact. His highlight of the week came in a win over the Grizzlies in which he scored 16 points to go with three assists in 16 minutes. As training camp approaches, Sampson will compete for a roster spot with the Nuggets, but at this point he may be on the outside looking in.
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