Grizzlies acquire Scotty Pippen Jr. to two-year, two-way deal despite injury woes

The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Pippen, the son of Chicago Bulls star and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, signed a two-year, two-way contract.

Pippen was undrafted out of Vanderbilt in 2022, although he temporarily played for the Lakers in his first season. In six Lakers games that season, he averaged 2.3 points and 5-plus minutes.

The 23-year-old has played for the G League South Bay Lakers since. In five games this season, he averaged 18.4 points and 6.4 rebounds, compared to 21.4 points and 5.6 assists last year.

Deal details with the Grizzlies are unknown. Pippen plays for the Memphis Hustle in the G League when not with the Grizzlies.

Although not a complete agreement, Pippen's presence in Memphis is much-needed. 

 Ja Morant, who suffered a shoulder injury shortly after returning from his 25-game ban to start the season, is out for the season for the Grizzlies. Memphis only used Morant nine times this season. 

Marcus Smart and Desmond Bane, who have finger and ankle injuries, will miss at least another month. If Pippen makes an impact fast, he might earn another opportunity in the league.

Despite injuries, the Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 116-107 at FedExForum on Monday. They've won four of their last six and are 15-25 heading into Wednesday's game against the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Timberwolves.

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