Nuggets Sign Rookie Guard RJ Hampton

The Nuggets have signed first-round pick RJ Hampton, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets.

Hampton finalized a buyout agreement with the New Zealand Breakers on Monday night, his agent Daniel Frank informed Wojnarowski. Hampton appeared in 15 games with the Breakers before leaving in early February and returning to the United States to prepare for the draft.

Assuming Hampton received the usual 120% above the rookie scale, he’ll make $2,193,480 in his first season. The 24th overall pick could earn $11,129,417 over the next four seasons if his third- and fourth-year options are picked up.

Denver acquired Hampton’s rights in a draft-night agreement with the Pelicans. New Orleans received a 2023 lottery-protected first-rounder in return.

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