Kings sign JaKarr Sampson to a two-way contract

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The Sacramento Kings announced Saturday afternoon that they signed forward JaKarr Sampson to a two-way contract.

If you want to know what a two-way contract is, check out this video we produced when Jack Cooley reportedly became the first player the Kings would use one of their two-way contracts. The Kings officially announced the signing of Cooley 20 minutes later.

[Kings reportedly sign Jack Cooley to a two-way contract]

Sampson recently appeared with the Kings’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas, posting 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in four contests, including nine points, seven rebounds, and one assist in 23 minutes versus Milwaukee (7/12/17).

He showcased his athleticism every game during Summer League, but what was most impressive was his energy on defense. Sampson would bring it every game and that was something every Kings fan in attendance really appreciated.

It is also important to note that his teammates loved playing with him because of his team spirit and acceptance of his role. There was never an ego to worry about.

The 6-foot-9, 207-pound forward and 2017 NBA G-League Western Conference All-Star joins Sacramento as a two-way player after spending last season with the Iowa Energy, where he accrued averages of 15.1 points (.489 FG%, .287 3pt%, .688 FT%), 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 25.7 minutes in 47 games (22 starts).

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Undrafted after two noteworthy seasons at St. John’s, Sampson earned 2013 Big East Rookie of the Year honors after logging 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks in 33 contests.

The Ohio native signed with Philadelphia after his sophomore season, playing for both the 76ers and their G-League affiliate, Delaware 76ers until 2016. Sampson posted 5.2 points (.422 FG%, .670 FT%), 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists as an NBA rookie in 2014-15, appearing in 74 games (started 32).

He accrued similar averages with the Denver Nuggets during his most recent NBA stint in 2015-16 prior to an All-Star caliber campaign in the G-League last season.

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