NBA 2020: Check why Brandon Ingram decided to extend deal with New Orleans Pelicans for 5 years

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NBA Free Agency 2020: Being one of the best players in the NBA Free Agency 2020, the New Orleans Pelicans are keeping one of their key pieces around as they eye a competitive future in the Western Conference. Brandon Ingram has agreed to a maximum contract extension worth $158 million over five years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
NBA 2020: Why Brandon Ingram decided to extend deal with New Orleans Pelicans for 5 years ?

Brandon Ingram was in line for his first significant contract after he made $7.3 million in base salary in 2019-20. He came out as one of the biggest bargains in the league from the New Orleans Pelicans’ perspective.

The Los Angeles Lakers chose him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2016. He spent his first three seasons in Los Angeles and showed his potential to become a big star. Although he had to deal with some injuries and appeared in only 59 games in 2017-18 and 52 games in 2018-19.

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After being declared fit, he averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per night for the LA Lakers.

Brandon Ingram passed on a more modest extension offer a year ago after arriving from the Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade. He counted on a bigger role to elevate his performance and earning power, and it did.

Ingram earned a Western Conference All-Star spot and now cashes in on a max deal.

How will Brandon Ingram benefit the New Orleans Pelicans?

Ingram wasted little time ascertaining himself as New Orleans’ top offensive option. When Pelicans’ No. 1 draft pick, Zion Williamson was sidelined with an injury last season, and he averaged 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steals per night in 62 games.

He also improved his outside shooting and hit 39.1 percent of his triples, making him all the more difficult to guard in an offense that also forced opponents to collapse on Williamson on the blocks.

It makes sense for the Pelicans to secure his immediate future considering Ingram was a first-time All-Star in his first season with the team and is still in his early 20s.

The team has a formidable core to build around for years to come with Williamson, Ingram, and Lonzo Ball, among others, and Ingram is a key part of it