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Nets acquire G League rights to Deng Adel, JaKaar Sampson in trade

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In a bit of housekeeping that will give the Long Island Nets —and Brookly Nets— some roster flexibility, the Nets completed a three-way trade Monday that will officially give them the the rights Deng Adel and JaKaar Sampson. Adel’s rights were obtained from the Raptors 905, Sampson’s from the Windy City Bulls.

In exchange, Long Island traded their returning player rights to J.J. Moore to the Raptors and the returning player rights to Milton Doyle to the Bulls. The Bulls have also traded the fourth overall pick in the upcoming G League Draft to the Raptors 905 as part of the deal. All players involved in the deal are not subject to physicals.

Adel, who is a 6’7 small forward, signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Brooklyn Nets back in July. He will participate in Nets training camp starting Friday. If cut by the Nets, he’ll head to Long Island as a returning player rather than an affiliate player. That will allow the Nets to sign another player to an Exhibit 10 contract. Following the trade, the Brooklyn Nets will now be allowed to assign up to four players plus Adel to the Long Island Nets. All NBA teams are allowed to assign up to four affiliate players to their G League affiliates.

Adel, 23, played in a total of 19 NBA games, including three starts, with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, posting averages of 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game. In the NBA G League, Adel played a total of 37 games, splitting time with Raptors 905 and the Canton Charge. In those 37 games, Adel posted averages of 31.2 minutes, 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. He is a native of South Sudan who was settled in Australia as a child.

Sampson, 26, has played in a total of 173 NBA games, which include 78 starts, in the span of four seasons with four different teams: Chicago, Sacramento, Denver, and Philadelphia. In those four seasons, the 6’9” stretch 4 has averaged 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. In the NBA G League, Sampson has played a total of 108 games, splitting time with the Windy City Bulls, Reno Bighorns, Iowa Energy, and the Delaware 87ers. His NBA G League career averages are 27.8 minutes, 17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. Sampson signed a 10-day deal with the Chicago Bulls on Mar. 31 and played four games, averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 31.8 minutes per game. Sampson is currently signed to a contract with the Indiana Pacers. If he doesn’t make the Pacers final roster, his G League rights automatically transfer to Long Island. But with his extensive international experience, he’d likely look for more lucrative work overseas. His nickname is Spongebob Sampson.

Milton Doyle, who’s returning player rights are on the way to the Windy City Bulls, played 45 games for the Long Island Nets during the 2017-18 season. In those 45 games, Doyle posted averages of 35.4 points, 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He signed a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 18, 2017 and last played for UCAM Murcia of the Liga ACB league in Spain.

J.J. Moore played a total of 92 games, over a two year span, for the Long Island Nets, and averaged 21.3 minutes, 10.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He was originally acquired by Long Island in the third round of the 2016 NBA G League Draft, following his participation in the Long Island Nets 2016 local player tryout.