The night of the 2022 NBA draft left Paolo Banchero as number one on Thursday on the way to the Orlando Magic, but the Los Angeles Lakers stood out with one of the anecdotes of the day by betting on the sons of two league legends like Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen.
The Athletic portal assured this Thursday that the Lakers have incorporated Scotty Pippen Jr. (his name is Scotty unlike his father’s Scottie) with a two-way contract, so he will divide his time between the Los Angeles franchise and the G League development league.
According to @TheAthleticthe Lakers have rescued from the draft the sons of two legends: Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal.
ðŸ“Œ They were not chosen in the two rounds, they arrive free
ðŸ“Œ Pippen Jr. will be split between the franchise and the G-League; O’Neal will play the Summer League. pic.twitter.com/4epKQwGT1k
— Relief (@relevo) June 24, 2022
The Athletic also announced that Shareef O’Neal will play with the purple and gold in the NBA Summer League, which takes place in Las Vegas and is the highlight of the preseason.
Both players had submitted to the draft but were not chosen by any team in the two rounds, so the Lakers took their services as free agents.
Pippen Jr., who played at Vanderbilt in his college career, and O’Neal, who was part of LSU, will try to gain a foothold in a Lakers who aspire to completely turn the situation around after the failure of last year, in which they stayed out of the playoffs with a squad that featured stars like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony.
In addition to Pippen Jr. and O’Neal, the Lakers closed the night of the draft with the addition of Max Christie (Michigan State), whom they chose with the 35th position; and Cole Swider (Syracuse), who was not selected in the draft and who will also sign a two-way contract.
Also read: Meet the first 10 picks of the 2022 NBA Draft