NBA Rumor: JaKarr Sampson Free Agency

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Bulls sign JaKarr Sampson

The Bulls have signed forward JaKarr Sampson to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from Chicago’s G League affiliate the Windy City Bulls, pursuant to the NBA’s hardship roster rules. Sampson (6-9, 215) appeared in 24 games this season for Windy City, posting averages of 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.17 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game. In Windy City’s first franchise playoff game on March 27 versus the Westchester Knicks, Sampson posted 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and a game-high three blocks in the loss.

The Chicago Bulls have signed free agents Kaiser Gates and JaKarr Sampson to round out their 2018-19 training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Gates (6-8, 227) played in three games on the Bulls’ 2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League team, averaging 6.7 points per game. Prior to his Summer League experience, Gates played three seasons at Xavier (2015-18), appearing in in 97 games (22 starts). He finished his career with an average of 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Gates’ statistical averages improved in each season at Xavier, averaging 7.2 points, 4.6 rebounds per game and scoring in double figures in 11 games in his final season. As a junior in 2017-18, his .378 shooting percentage from behind the arc ranked second on the Big East-champion Musketeers.

The Sixers acquired Anthony, a former Detroit Pistons center, in Thursday’s three-team trade with the Pistons and Houston Rockets. Anthony is expected to be released. The Sixers hope to be able to resign Sampson, assuming he clears waivers by 5 p.m. Sunday. “I don’t have anything negative to say about Philly,” Sampson said Friday. “I feel like a lot of people in my situation might have something negative to say about Philly, like a ‘why-me’ type of thing. But I don’t have anything negative to say about the organization. I love those guys.”

The Sixers wanted him to remain with the team in New Orleans and fly with them on Saturday to Dallas for Sunday’s game against the Mavericks. Sampson, however, opted to fly back to Philadelphia. The 6-foot-9, 215-pounder left because he wouldn’t be allowed to accompany the team to games because of NBA rules. He basically would have spent most of his time at the team hotels. Sampson also has been receiving interest from teams that are considering him on a waiver pickup. As a result, he wanted to be in Philadelphia just in case something happened.
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