The Golden State Warriors decided to sign the nephew of NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. Kavion Pippen is a 6-foot-10, 240-pound giant, and he will soon join the Golden State Warriors. Last season, Kavion scored 12.8 points per game for the Salukis, and spent two years at the community college. Kavion was undrafted in June. Well, the Warriors signed him.
“The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Kavion Pippen to a contract, it was announced today,” the official statement read. “Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Pippen, 22, who went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, averaged 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.66 blocks in 65 games with 63 starts over two seasons at Southern Illinois University. The 6’10’’ center was named to be the All-MVP Third Team and MVC All-Defensive Team during his senior season. The Hamburg, Ark., native attended Three Rivers Community College prior to enrolling at STU.”
This deal is non-guaranteed for Pippen, and he will probably be used as a stopgap until Kevin Looney, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alan Smailagic come back in shape. Cauley-Stein will miss the preseason and the first four games of the regular season due to his foot strain. Looney has a hamstring issue, and Smailagic has a rolled ankle.
“Pippen’s deal is non-guaranteed, but he could have an outside shot to crack the team on a two-way contract if injuries persist. The Warriors have only one player — Willie Cauley-Stein — on their roster who is taller than him,” Ben Weinrib wrote.
“Signing Pippen became necessary since Cauley-Stein remains sidelined with a left foot injury and will miss all of training camp, if not the start of the regular season. Meanwhile, Kevon Looney has been banged up all summer and is now out with a hamstring injury, while second-rounder Alen Smailagic is out for the “foreseeable future” with an ankle injury. Pippen had to beat out another famous name to make the Warriors training camp. Just days earlier, the team hosted former No. 2 overall draft pick Hasheem Thabeet for a workout, but they reportedly wanted a big man with more range.”