Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef O’Neal could sign with Lakers

According to a new report by The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers are working out Shareef O’Neal, the son of Hall of Famer and team legend Shaquille O’Neal.

Per Jovan Buha, O’Neal has scheduled visits with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Wizards, though he faces an uphill battle to be selected.

O’Neal began his career as a top prospect at UCLA, but he had heart surgery early in his career. He ended up transferring to LSU, his father’s alma mater, but struggled to establish himself as a consistent contributor. He averaged 2.6 points per game in 11 minutes per game over three collegiate seasons.

O’Neal, who is a hair under 6-10, lacks the size to be a traditional NBA center, but he also lacks the shooting ability of his father. As a college basketball player, he only made 24 of his 50 free throw attempts.

Signing with the Lakers could be a real possibility

The Lakers currently do not own a draft pick. Their first-round pick was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade, and their second-round pick was also traded to San Antonio in the Davis trade.

The Lakers could buy or trade for a draft pick in order to select O’Neal, or they could sign him to their Summer League roster as a sort of audition if he goes undrafted.

Still, if O’Neal is to match his father’s NBA success, he has a long way to go. For the time being, the goal is to secure a spot on a roster and prove himself from there.

At this time, the date of Shareef’s workout in Los Angeles is unknown. He worked out with the Bucks on Thursday.

These workout announcements follow The Athletic’s confirmation earlier this week that Shareef is now eligible to be drafted in the NBA draft after being mistakenly listed as a withdrawal.