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NBA Free Agency: Brandon Ingram agrees to maximum contract extension with New Orleans Pelicans

The details include five years and $158 million

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After months of speculation, the news is finally official.

Brandon Ingram has agreed to a 5-year, $158 million maximum contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

In the first All-Star campaign of his career, Ingram posted career-highs across the board of 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 threes. He also put together an impressive shooting line: a 46.3 field goal percentage, a 39.1 three-point percentage and an 85.1 free throw shooting percentage.

His incredible improvement did not go unnoticed around the league as Ingram’s breakout season was rewarded with the 2020 Most Improved Player Award.

“But I think this year was just the year I had the most fun, the most fun playing basketball that way that I wanted to play basketball,” Ingram said during a conference call after winning the award.

With Ingram’s future now secure for the next four years, and Zion Williamson under contract for another three years on his rookie deal, the Pelicans have their two cornerstones in place for the long-term.

The Pelicans’ roster now stands at 14 players and New Orleans is not expected to fill the 15th spot. Could we still see a Josh Hart extension? Stay tuned!

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