(via Bleacher Report)

Amid an underwhelming performance through his first three seasons in L.A., Brandon Ingram suffered blood clots that forced him to sit for months.

Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty regarding Ingram’s future — even after his trade to the Pelicans.

When he arrived the team resisted handing him a max extension right away, and wanted to see the young forward could do before committing to him long-term. Though the 2019-20 season came to an abrupt end, they’ve seen what they need to see.

According to Will Guillory of The Athletic, the first time All-Star will be seeking nothing short of a max contract this free-agency.

Unless something shocking from now until this summer, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Pelicans will be signing Ingram to a max contract this summer that’ll pay him somewhere around $167 million over five years. That’s a large chunk of change, and one Ingram has earned this year with his stellar play coming off of a scary medical situation this time last year.

According to Ingram, though, this is a much different line of thinking from the team, who was reluctant to offer the same earlier this season.

“They wanted to know if I was going to be extremely healthy, if something was going to come back,” Ingram told Dan Feldman of NBC Sports. “Once I figured out the reason why they didn’t want to do the extension, we didn’t go any further with it. I knew it was not going to be the number we wanted.”

Ingram bet on himself, and it has paid dividends. After making his first All-Star team, and earning national recognition, he will be set to earn over $150 million when he and the Pelicans sit down to talk.

In 56 games this campaign, he has averaged 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.

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