Taking his game to the next level this season, Brandon Ingram has thrived in his time with the New Orleans Pelicans.
A lengthy versatile scorer that’s continuing to improve into one of the league’s best mid-range threats reminds you of who? Kevin Durant is the right answer.
And, while Ingram may never be Durant, his consistent improvement and intensity on both ends of the court will earn him a sizeable contract in the near future.
Ingram is averaging 24.2 points per game this season, becoming the Pelicans go-to scorer. More impressive, Ingram went from average 0.7, 0.7, and 0.6 threes per game to now 2.4. He’s continuing to prove that the Lakers wrong for giving up on him instead of dealing Kyle Kuzma.
That said, Ingram is making just over $7 million and could easily be a max-value type player.
For Golden State, they should be hoping that A) Joe Lacob uses the trade exception and B) Ingram is willing to take less than a max to join forces with Thompson and Curry. The 22-year-old will blossom into a perennial All-Star, and it’d be terrific to see him do it in the Bay.