Sampson has agreed to a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with the Pacers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Sampson, who appeared in four games with the Bulls last season, has earned a spot on the Pacers. He spent most of last season in the G League, however, averaging 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 30.2 minutes. Sampson figures to see a similar role in Indiana this season.
Sampson totaled 11 points (4-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 96-86 loss to the Knicks. Sampson was a negative across all percentage based categories Tuesday, hurting a number of owners who had likely streamed him in for the back-to-back set. The playing time was still present and this performance is unlikely to impact his role for the final regular season game, coming up on Wednesday.
Sampson racked up 29 points (11-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 35 minutes in the Bulls' 116-96 loss to the 76ers on Saturday. Sampson's scoring total was a career high and extended what has been a spectacular three-game stint for the veteran wing. Factoring in Saturday's production, the 26-year-old is averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal over the last three contests, and he's likely to continue logging heavy minutes over the last two games of the season.
Sampson supplied 18 points (6-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 win over the Wizards. Sampson finished with season highs in rebounding, assists, and steals while matching his career high in made threes. The 26-year-old wing has seen substantial minutes across the last two tilts, and given the plethora of injuries there's a decent chance that trend continues across the final three games of 2018-19.
Sampson racked up 22 points (8-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT) to go with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes Monday in the Bulls' 113-105 win over the Knicks. Making his team debut after inking a 10-day contract with the Bulls on Sunday, Sampson didn't have to wait long to get an extended look in a bare-bones Bulls rotation. The 22 points tied the previous career-best mark that Sampson established April 15, 2015, when he was a member of the 76ers. The Bulls have already shut down four players for the season and could do the same with Otto Porter (shoulder), Zach LaVine (thigh) and Kris Dunn (back), which could pave the way for Sampson to maintain a major role in the rotation over the final four games.
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