New Orleans Pelicans

Report: New Orleans Pelicans sign All-Star forward Brandon Ingram to max contract extension

Brandon Ingram has reportedly joined Jamal Murray, Pascal Siakam and Ben Simmons as the fourth member of the 2016 NBA Draft Class to receive a maximum contract extension.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Ingram has signed a five-year, $158 million max extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ingram had turned down a "modest extension," in Wojnarowski's terms, with the Los Angeles Lakers last offseason before he was included in the massive haul to get Anthony Davis. Taking on a larger role with the Pelicans, Ingram was stellar this past season, averaging career-highs across the board with 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 39.1% from 3-point range.

The former No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ingram lived up to the hype of his selection en route to his first-ever All-Star bid while also taking home the NBA's Most Improved Player Award.

The 23-year-old kept the Pelicans in the playoff hunt all season while Zion Williamson, the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, attempted to heal a lingering knee injury.

Although New Orleans fell short of the playoffs last year, Ingram headlines a young and talented core that will again be in the mix for a playoff spot in the gruelling Western Conference this upcoming season.

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