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Lakers sign Scotty Pippen Jr, Scottie’s son, and invite Shaq’s son Shareef to Summer League

Lakers lure NBA legacies to LA: Shaq’s former club invites his unwritten son, Shareef O’Neal, to the Summer League team and signs Scotty Pippen Jr, son of Chicago Bulls legend, Scottie

  • Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr, son of Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, signed a two-way deal with the Lakers after he was not selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft
  • The deal means he will split his rookie season between the NBA and the G League
  • LA also invited Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef to its Summer League team
  • Shareef, a reserve forward at his father’s alma mater, LSU, gets the chance to impress the Lakers or other NBA teams in his pursuit of becoming an NBA player

The Los Angeles Lakers waited until after the NBA Draft to make headlines Thursday night by signing Scotty Pippen Jr to a two-way deal and inviting Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef to their Summer League team.

Both players went off their periods on Thursday and are hardly certain to follow in the footsteps of their famous fathers to basketball stardom.

Scotty (not: Scottie), the son of Chicago Bulls legend, is reportedly signing a two-way deal meaning his rookie season will be split between the Lakers’ G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers and the parent club.

The younger O’Neal’s invitation to the Summer League amounts to a tryout not only for the Lakers, but for other NBA teams he could impress in Las Vegas and San Francisco next month.

Lakers spokesmen did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Scottie Pippen Jr.  (L) and Scottie Pippen attend the grand opening of E3 Chophouse Nashville on November 20, 2019 in Nashville

cotie Pippen #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers and son Scotty Jr.  talking to the media after the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at Rose Garden on January 9, 2003

Scottie Pippen Sr. pictured next to Scotty Pippen Jr. in 2019 (left) and 2003 (right), when the father played for the Portland Trail Blazers

Former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal (L) and son Shareef O'Neal at Apple Music Launch Party Carpool Karaoke: The Series with James Corden on August 7, 2017 in West Hollywood

Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal (L) and son Shareef O’Neal at Apple Music Launch Party Carpool Karaoke: The Series with James Corden on August 7, 2017 in West Hollywood

Former NBA great Shaquille O'Neal and son Shareef O'Neal attend the 19th Annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills

Shaquille O'Neal #34 of the Western Conference talks to his son, Shareef O'Neal, during Western All Stars Practice as part of the 2004 NBA All Star Weekend on February 14, 2004

Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal pictured with his son, Shareef, in 2019 (left) and 2004 (right)

After receiving the invitation, Shareef posted a video of himself on Twitter, showing himself as a young boy in a replica of his father’s No. 34 Lakers jersey. His caption read: ‘Thanks for this opportunity @Lakers!’

Scotty posted a similar message after the news broke: ‘Dreams come true. Let’s get started #lakeshow.’

Aside from their well-known last name, the two players don’t have much in common with their Hall of Fame fathers.

Although Shareef, like Shaq, went to LSU, the 6-foot-10 power forward can barely match his father’s size (7-foot, 320+ pounds), athleticism or production.

Shareef never averaged more than three points per game in any season after serving as a medical redshirt at UCLA in 2018-19 when team doctors discovered a heart problem that required surgery. Although he was able to return to court the following season, he eventually moved to Baton Rouge, where he came 24 games off the bench as a sophomore and junior in the red shirt without starting once.

Scottie Pippen (left) and Michael Jordan (center) greeting Shaquille O'Neal before a 1996 match

Scottie Pippen (left) and Michael Jordan (center) greeting Shaquille O’Neal before a 1996 match

While Shareef (right) did go to LSU like Shaq, the 6-foot-10 power forward can barely match his father's size (7-foot, 320+ pounds), athleticism or production

While Shareef (right) did go to LSU like Shaq, the 6-foot-10 power forward can barely match his father’s size (7-foot, 320+ pounds), athleticism or production

Pippen did play significant minutes at Vanderbilt, where the starting guard averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game over three seasons for an improving Commodores team.

He can’t match his dad’s size (6-foot-7), or promise (Scottie Sr. was picked fifth overall in 1987 despite playing college ball in tiny Central Arkansas), but 21-year-old Scotty deserved did All-SEC honors last season and led the conference with 20.4 points per game.

Their fathers never played in the NBA together, instead claiming a combined 10 league titles separately, but did win gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, going undefeated and beating Yugoslavia in the final, 95-69.

Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr., right, celebrates with his father, Hall of Fame basketball player Scottie Pippen, after Vanderbilt defeated Alabama in an NCAA men's college basketball Southeastern Conference tournament game Thursday, March 10

Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr., right, celebrates with his father, Hall of Fame basketball player Scottie Pippen, after Vanderbilt defeated Alabama in an NCAA men’s college basketball Southeastern Conference tournament game Thursday, March 10

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