Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 7/25/13
Former Louisville forward Samardo Samuels will be taking his talents to Italy next season. Samuels has reportedly signed with Emporio Armani Milano of Italy’s top level professional league. The deal is for two years. Since leaving Louisville in 2010, the Jamaica native has been well traveled. He went undrafted in 2010, but played well enough in the summer league for the Chicago Bulls to earn a contact offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers. His deal with Cleveland was for three years and $2.3 million. Samuels played sparingly in his first three years in the NBA, but was eventually sent to the NBDL and was waived by the Cavaliers in January of 2013. After leaving the NBA, Samuels spent time with a pro team in Israel. In last week’s NBA Summer League, Samuels played with the Los Angeles Clippers averaging 11 points and seven rebounds per game. I’m assuming the contract offer from Emporio Armani Milano is more lucrative than any offer he’d receive from an NBA team.
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