With career-highs across the board for fourth-year forward Brandon Ingram, is he actually playing his way to a max contract offer this summer?
In the wake of Zion's injury, it is Ingram who has stepped up for the Pelicans, averaging 24.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, he will be offered the max when his contract is up at the end of the season.
“Oh he’s going to get the max,” Lowe said on The Lowe Post. “I don’t think there’s any question about that. By the way, I don’t fault the Pelicans for not extending him (on a rookie-scale extension).”
Drafted out of Duke in the 2016 Draft, Ingram has been one of the most hyped-up young players in the league. Through his first three years, with the Lakers, he struggled to find his groove, and was often overshadowed by other players.
In New Orleans, it seems the young star is finally able to live up to expectations.
So, with the free-agent class so weak in the summer of 2020, and Ingram coming off an exceptional season, it seems inevitable that he will be offered something big. Considering the circumstances, and how hard the young star has worked, it's hard to say he hasn't earned it, either.