The night of the 2022 NBA draft this Thursday to Paolo Banchero as number one on the way to the Orlando Magic, but Los Angeles Lakers starred in one of the anecdotes of the day by betting on the sons of two league legends such as 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 dividing & á; his time between the Los Angeles franchise and the G League development league.
The Athletic also 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.
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Both players had submitted to the draft but were not chosen by any team in both rounds, so the Lakers took their services as free agents.
Pippen Jr., who in his college career played at Vanderbilt, and O'Neal, who formed part of LSU, they will try to gain a foothold in a Lakers that aspire to completely turn the situation around after the failure of last year, in which they were left out of the playoffs with a squad in which I appeared They include 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), who was elected in position 35; and Cole Swider (Syracuse), who was not selected in the draft and who will also sign. a two-way deal.