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After a promising second season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Brandon Ingram’s future with the group seems to be safe.
Per Christian Clark of NOLA.com, the Pelicans are “unwilling” to incorporate the 24-year-old in a possible commerce with the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant.
If the Pelicans determine to make a play for Durant with out together with Ingram, it appears unlikely they’ll be capable to get him with out bringing in different groups to sweeten the pot for Brooklyn.
The Athletic’s Sam Amick famous any crew making an attempt to make a suggestion for the previous NBA MVP with out together with their second-best participant ought to “simply cease losing everybody’s time and bow out of this race.”
In keeping with Amick, a Celtics deal centered round Jaylen Brown is seen because the “unofficial front-runner” if a Durant commerce goes to occur.
The Pelicans have been constant that they do not need to transfer Ingram for Durant all through the offseason.
Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported final month there was little traction in commerce talks involving Durant, and the Pelicans weren’t placing Ingram on the desk when these discussions did happen.
Durant remains to be ready for a decision to his trade request that got here out in June. The 33-year-old later informed Nets governor Joe Tsai he would not think about the course of the crew and gave him an ultimatum to both commerce him or hearth head coach Steve Nash and common supervisor Sean Marks, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
The Pelicans bear some similarities to the Nets over the previous three seasons. Accidents have prevented each of them from having their finest gamers on the courtroom collectively for lengthy durations of time.
Zion Williamson, who signed a five-year extension this offseason, has solely performed 85 video games since being drafted No. 1 total in 2019. Ingram and Williamson taking part in collectively has the potential to make New Orleans a playoff crew within the Western Convention.
Since being acquired by the Pelicans from the Los Angeles Lakers as a part of the Anthony Davis commerce in July 2019, Ingram has averaged at the least 20 factors and 4.0 assists per recreation in every of his three seasons with the membership.
New Orleans has completed below .500 in every of the previous 4 seasons. It did make the playoffs final season because the No. 8 seed, shedding to the Phoenix Suns in six video games within the first spherical.