Kings sign Fs Sampson and Cooley

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:56 PM The Sacramento Kings signed forwards JaKarr Sampson and Jack Cooley to a two-way contracts Saturday.

The 6-foot-9, 207-pound Sampson, a 2017 NBA G-League Western Conference All-Star, spent last season with the Iowa Energy, where he accrued averages of 15.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 25.7 minutes in 47 games (22 starts).

Sampson, 24, recently appeared with the Kings' NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas, averaging 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots in four games.

Sampson was undrafted in 2014 after two seasons at St. John's. He signed with Philadelphia after his sophomore season, playing for both the 76ers and their G-League affiliate, the Delaware 76ers.

Sampson averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds as an NBA rookie in 2014-15, appearing in 74 games (32 starts). He accrued similar averages with the Denver Nuggets during his most recent NBA stint in 2015-16 prior to his All-Star campaign in the G-League last season.

Cooley joins the Kings after a productive tournament during the Summer League in Las Vegas, where the 6-10, 274-pound forward averaged 9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 17 minutes in five games.

The former Notre Dame standout spent last season with German club MHP Risen Ludwigsburg, accruing averages of 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 37 contests, pacing the team in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage (.569).

Coole was undrafted in 2013 after four years in South Bend. He went on to play in both the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues before signing with Trabzonspor of the Turkish League for the 2013-14 campaign.

Cooley, 26, garnered NBA experience with Utah following appearances with Memphis and Cleveland in the 2014 Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues. He played in 16 games with the Jazz during a pair of 10-day contracts in 2014-15. He joined the G-League's Idaho Stampede at the conclusion of his stint with Utah, grabbing a league-record 29 rebounds against the Los Angeles Defenders in 2015.






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