Sampson had signed to play overseas with Shandong in the Chinese Basketball Association, so either that deal fell through or he had an out clause. Sampson played six games with Shandong last season and 24 G league games with the Windy City Bulls.
The Pacers now have 13 guaranteed contracts and three players on non- or partially-guaranteed deals. The 6’9” Sampson will add depth at both forward spots behind starters T.J. Warren and Domantas Sabonis.
Sampson, 26, has bounced around since making his debut during the 2014/15 season with Philadelphia. He’s also played for Denver, Sacramento and Chicago. In four games with the Bulls last season, he averaged 20.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG in 31.8 MPG. In his career, Sampson has played 173 NBA games, averaging 5.5 PPG and 2.7 RPG in 16.0 MPG. He’s a career 25.7% shooter from beyond the arc.