JULY 1: The Lakers have officially signed Pippen and Swider to two-way contracts, the team announced today (Twitter links).
JUNE 23: The Lakers are set to add undrafted former Vanderbilt point guard Scotty Pippen Jr. to a two-way contract, according to Bill Oram of The Athletic (Twitter link). Los Angeles will also sign undrafted Syracuse rookie forward Cole Swider into their second two-play player slot, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter).
The 21-year-old Pippen, son of Hall of Fame Bulls small forward Scottie Pippen, played for three seasons with the Commodores. The 6’1″ guard was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2020, and was a two-time First-Team All-SEC selection in 2021 and 2022.
During his third NCAA season in 2021/22, the younger Pippen averaged 20.4 PPG, 4.5 APG, 3.6 RPG and 1.9 SPG across 36 games, all starts. He posted a slash line of .416/.325/.749.
Swider spent his first three college seasons with Villanova before finishing his NCAA career with Syracuse. For the Orange in 2021/22, Swider averaged 13.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.4 APG and 1.0 SPG. The 6’9″ forward started all 33 games during his final NCAA season, with solid shooting splits of .473/.411/.866.
Pippen and Swider will log some time with L.A.’s NBAGL affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, but could also help contribute to the depth-challenged NBA club.
15 thoughts on “Lakers Sign Scotty Pippen Jr., Cole Swider Via Two-Way Deals”
Bring in Kendrick Perkins, lake show need defense and perk even with his age is still fit enough and capable of defending the top centers. AD won’t cut it against Embiid and Jokic.
Maybe they can get Howard back
How do you know Perk is ready and AD declined? Wild guesses.
I’m personal friends with Perks nephew
That would be cool then. Cavs got him once for his presense and a few minutes PT.
signed with the celtics.
Pippen is a good prospect
Lakers are still the most attactive orgnnization?
It seems that they are not able to acquire any average free agent
Still have championship expectation?
They don’t have any cap room lol, they have about 6 million to spend
It’s interesting how two juniors of the Bulls’ dynasty are both signing two-ways this year. SPJ is signing with the Lakers and RHJ is signing with the Raptors.
Given how much the Lakers like old players, I just assumed it was Scottie Pippen and not Jr.
“The Lakers are set to add undrafted former Vanderbilt point guard Scotty Pippen Jr. to a two-way contract… The 21-year-old Pippen, son of Hall of Fame Bulls small forward Scottie Pippen”
One would think that if his name is “Jr” that his first name would be spelled the same as his father’s.
Think Swider is on the team getting meaningful minutes by Thanksgiving.
He could play a decent sized role considering how severely horrific the shooting is currently. They can’t afford to play a 5 like D Howard with this roster, no way/no how
Ad at the 5 Cole at the 4 is a better route for the offence
What about Shaq son?