With how talented their current roster is, the Indiana Pacers should be on the lookout for potential trade opportunities as the season progresses. They have a great core, but adding him could take them to the next level, and Brandon Ingram would be quite the talent to add.
Tyrese Haliburton made his first All-Star Game last year, and during this summer’s FIBA World Cup, he established himself as a bona fide star. He’s ready to lead this Pacers team to the playoffs, but getting him more help would significantly improve the team’s ceiling.
Indiana was reportedly interested in trading for OG Anunoby this summer as they are looking to add forward depth. Well, while Anunoby appears to be staying put for now, there is another striker they should keep an eye on.
News of Brandon Ingram’s contract extension should intrigue the Indiana Pacers
According to Christian Clark of NOLA.com, Brandon Ingram is awaiting talks to extend his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Ingram has two seasons left on his current contract.
Clark went on to explain that Ingram hopes to improve his earning potential with a big 2023-24 season, as an All-NBA selection will make him eligible for the supermax, just as Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown earned this summer.
That being said, this is a situation the Pacers should keep a close eye on.
While the overwhelmingly likely scenario is that Ingram re-signs with the Pelicans next summer on a max deal, if New Orleans again fails to live up to expectations and Zion Williamson can’t stay on the court, things could get interesting.
If Williamson wants out, as was rumored at times this offseason, and the Pelicans miss the postseason, the organization will have to consider all of its options, one of which is a restart.
And if the Pelicans fall apart before the trade deadline, trading Ingram might make more sense now than ever, as they would avoid having to hand him a massive contract extension.
Again, that situation seems unlikely, but if it comes to fruition, the Pacers should be one of the first to offer a trade for Ingram. Adding his scoring power alongside Haliburton and Myles Turner would create an incredible Big 3.
A lineup of Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Ingram, Jarace Walker and Turner would fight for a playoff spot in the East, especially with guys like Bennedict Mathurin, Aaron Nesmith, Obi Toppin and Andrew Nembhard coming off the bench.
Brandon Ingram will likely re-sign with New Orleans next summer, but this update should prompt the Pacers to keep an eye on the situation in case things go wrong.
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