After playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Summer League, Shareef O’Neal — the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal — is signing a contract with the G League Ignite team, sources tell The Athletic.
Sources said O’Neal will sign a six-figure deal to play next season for the Ignite, where he’ll be able to continue developing his game and work toward a potential NBA career. O’Neal left LSU as a junior and entered the 2022 NBA Draft, going unselected before committing to a summer-league invite with the Lakers. In six summer-league contests, O’Neal averaged 4.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 10.9 minutes per game. NBA teams were intrigued with O’Neal’s athleticism and pedigree throughout the predraft and summer-league process. O’Neal has worked extensively with trainer Justin Zormelo in his continued development as a pro prospect, helping O'Neal navigate his basketball career on and off the floor.
O’Neal now secures a professional contract following open-heart surgery in December 2018 while at UCLA and foot injuries in 2020 and 2021, including a stress fracture, after transferring to LSU, his dad's alma mater.