Samuels went undrafted last year and spent the season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the G League. He averaged 15.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals and one block on 66.7% shooting from the field in 50 games.
The 6-foot-7 Samuels joined the Rockets this year for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He emerged as a standout with the team, averaging 11.3 points, five rebounds and 3.3 assists on 35.3% shooting from 3-point range in six games.
Samuels will split his time next season between Houston and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the G League. He is eligible to spend no more than 50 games in the NBA and will earn a flat salary equal to 50% of the minimum salary applicable to a player with zero years of service.