Memphis Grizzlies steal second-year guard from Lakers via two-year deal: Report

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The Memphis Grizzlies have seen a bevy of players be removed from their active rotation this season due, in large, to injuries. Tuesday afternoon, however, the front office attempted to make up for some of these losses by adding a fresh new talent to coach Taylor Jenkins' arsenal.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Kleiman and company have signed sophomore guard Scotty Pippen Jr. While no figures have currently been made available, Wojnarowski noted in his report that the agreed upon deal is in the form of a two-way and is attached to a two-year pact.

Grizzlies sign Scotty Pippen Jr. to two-year, two-way contract

Pippen, the son of Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen, spent three years at the collegiate level at Vanderbilt University where he would finish with two First-Team All-SEC honors along with career averages of 17.5 points, 4.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.6 steals.

He wound up going undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft, only to be signed that July by the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-way deal.

Though he did wind up seeing six games played with the varsity team (2.3 points on 33.3 percent shooting), throughout his tenure in La La Land he spent the majority of time suiting up in the G League with the South Bay Lakers where, through 24 games, he posted impressive averages of 20.7 points, 5.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals on 46.3 percent shooting.

Pippen now heads to a Grizzlies team that currently boasts a number of developmental-league talents who have displayed inspirational growth since being with the organization, with two recent examples being Vince Williams Jr. and GG Jackson II.