Brandon Ingram has yet to establish himself as anything close to an All-Star level player in his short three-year tenure with the Lakers. The Pelicans have given Ingram the chance to start fresh. In a small market, with less pressure, the 21-year-old forward might have an easier time developing his game.
That is — if he even stays long enough to do it.
Because, according to Brad Botkin of CBS Sports, the Pelicans could send B.I. packing for a third time before the end of February’s trade deadline.
“The New Orleans Pelicans think they’re going to be a good team right away, and they’re not wrong. This is a good roster. It’s also a highly flexible situation with a lot of players and assets many teams would be interested in. I can see New Orleans, which has a lot of wing depth, entertaining a deal centered on Ingram and future draft picks for a second All-Star-type player to put next to Holiday.”
With Zion Williamson, JJ Redick, Derrick Favors, and Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans have a roster capable of making the playoffs — even in the loaded Western Conference.
While David Griffin and the Pels might not be looking to get rid of Ingram, they may strongly consider trading him if the right offer surfaces.
The former Duke University forward averaged a career-high 18.3 points per game last season.