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Lakers sign rookies Pippen, Swider to two-way contracts

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The Los Angeles Lakers on Friday announced that they signed Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. and Syracuse forward Cole Swider to two-way contracts.

The two players each went undrafted this year.

Pippen, who was named to the All-SEC first team, averaged 20.4 points, 4.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 36 games as a junior last season. He led the conference in scoring and was the first SEC player to average 20 points in back-to-back seasons since 1996.

Swider posted averages of 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and one steal as a senior. He shot 41.1% from 3-point range on six attempts per game and ranked eighth in the ACC with 81 makes.

Pippen and Swider will each split their time between L.A. and the South Bay Lakers in the NBA G League. They are eligible to spend no more than 50 games in the NBA and will earn a flat salary equal to 50% of the minimum salary applicable to a player with zero years of service.

They are each expected to be with the Lakers during the California Classic in San Francisco and Las Vegas Summer League beginning on July 8.

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