Pelicans extend pact of Ingram


    FORWARD Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a maximum five-year, $158 million contract extension, ESPN reported Tuesday.

    Ingram, 23, had a breakout season in 2019-20 – his fourth in the NBA. In 62 games, he averaged career highs in points (23.8), rebounds (6.1) and assists (4.2) and was voted the league’s Most Improved Player.

    Signing Ingram was a priority for the Pelicans. A year ago this week, executive vice president David Griffin told The Undefeated that the Pelicans intended to keep him long-term.

    The Lakers selected Ingram, who spent one season at Duke, with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The Pelicans acquired him in July 2019 as part of a three-team deal that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.

    In 252 career games (213 starts), Ingram has averaged 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 32.2 minutes per game.