The Denver Nuggets signed forward JaKarr Sampson on Monday after he was released from the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline to make room for ... OK, this gets a little complicated. 

The Sixers were involved in that three-team deal that saw Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton go to the Pistons from Houston in exchange for a first-round pick. To make salaries match, the Pistons had to send Joel Anthony somewhere, and the Sixers -- in very much Sixers fashion -- offered to help out for the standard price of a second-round draft pick. However, the Sixers had to create a roster spot for him, so they cut Sampson, averaging 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15 minutes per game. The Sixers like Sampson's upside, though, so there was a widely-held belief that they would re-sign him after they waived Anthony. 

That's not going to happen, as the Nuggets snatched him up, and did so on a two-year deal -- partially guaranteed for next season (via USA Today).

Sampson's a hustle junkie with athleticism, raw and long at 6-9. He fills an immediate need for the Nuggets who are short on small forwards with Will Barton needing more backup two-guard minutes after the trade of Randy Foye. 

Just to recap, the Sixers waived Sampson to make room for Anthony but were going to re-sign him, only the Nuggets signed him until the summer of 2017 (non-guaranteed) and the Sixers came away empty handed because the deal was rescinded on Monday after Donatas Motiejunas failed his physical. The NBA is weird sometimes.

JaKarr Sampson joins the Nuggets. (USATSI)
JaKarr Sampson joins the Nuggets.(USATSI)