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Nuggets waive Kennedy, Sampson, Toupane

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The Denver Nuggets waived guard D.J. Kennedy and forwards JaKarr Sampson and Axel Toupane on Saturday, per a statement from the team.

Sampson is probably the biggest name, given that he does have a fair amount of previous NBA experience. He went undrafted in 2014 after two years at St. John’s, but joined the Philadelphia 76ers’ Summer League squad. He signed a contract with the 76ers on Sept. 29, 2014.

As a rookie, he put up 5.2 points in 74 games and 32 starts, playing 15.3 minutes per contest. Starting in the 2015 preseason, he began to suffer injuries, which limited his production. He played in only 47 games for Philadelphia, averaging 5.1 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting and 17.6 percent from three-point range.

The Nuggets signed him after he hit waivers for the final stretch of the season. He put up 5.2 points in 22 starts for Denver. He scored 10 points in his only appearance for Denver this preseason.

Kennedy, also out of St. John’s, played two games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-2012 while averaging six points per game. The undrafted guard has spent time on various Summer League and D-League rosters, as well as playing in France and other foreign markets. He signed with Denver on Sept. 15, but made only one preseason appearance.

Toupane averaged 14.2 points per game in the D-League and signed a 10-day contract with the Nuggets, which eventually turned into a multi-year deal. He averaged 3.6 points in 21 games for Denver last season. At the end of the year, he won the D-League Most Improved Player Award.

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