The Chicago Bulls have signed former LSU product Brandon Sampson to a two-way NBA contract.
That’s Brandon, not JaKarr Sampson.
According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Bulls are also waiving guard Tyler Ulis in order to free up the roster spot.
Ulis never appeared in a game for Chicago, but did play four games with the Windy City Bulls, averaging 23.3 points and 8.8 assists in 33.1 minutes per game in the G-League. He was also brought aboard on a two-way deal at the conclusion of this year’s preseason.
It appears the Bulls have calmly had their eye on Brandon Sampson as of late, however, and they felt it was time to lock him up for at least the remainder of this season.
The undrafted rookie has been trying to secure an NBA roster spot in any way possible since NBA Summer League.
By making the most of each opportunity, he has done just that.
After signing with the Houston Rockets in October, Sampson is averaging 17.7 points per game while shooting 43.8 percent through 18 games in the G-League.
Now playing on a team looking clearly out of any possible playoff race in a more fierce Eastern Conference compared to previous years, Sampson should have no shortage of opportunities.
Coming off a stellar 21-point showing on Thursday for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the 6-foot-5 guard could be able to compete for playing time when he receives his first piece of action on a bottom-of-the-barrel Bulls team that could soon be in full-blown tank mode.