Report: Lakers add sons of former NBA greats O'Neal, Pippen after draft

Vanderbilt's Scotty Pippen Jr. plays against Dayton in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the NIT Sunday, March 20, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won in overtime 70-68. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

While Shaquille O'Neal and Scottie Pippen were never teammates in the NBA, their children just might be as they were both signed to different contracts as free agents by the Los Angeles Lakers after the NBA Draft.

Shareef O’Neal, son of Shaq, reportedly agreed to play in NBA Summer League with the Lakers, which starts in Las Vegas on July 7 to 17.

O'Neal originally attended UCLA, appearing in 13 games during the 2019-20 season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds. He then transferred to LSU — following in his dad's footsteps — but a foot injury limited him to 24 games over two seasons averaging 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game off the bench.

Scotty Pippen Jr., son of Scottie, reportedly agreed to a two-way contract with the Lakers after the draft.

The guard out of Vanderbilt was a two-time All-SEC player, averaging 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals in three seasons, including shooting 41.4 per cent from the field and 34.3 per cent from three.

Pippen was not expected to be drafted due to his size and athleticism but has the playmaking and shot-making to make up for it.

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