Multiple rumors are coming out that SF/PF Brandon Ingram may see himself shipped out before the start of next season. Yes, rejoice all Duke haters because this means yet another Duke player sucks in the NBA, like…um…Austin Rivers? Seth Curry?…oh yeah! Jahlil Okafor and Harry Giles! BOOM!
JK, just let us OSU fans have this one. We literally just have Mike Conley, Evan Turner, D’Angelo Russell, and the ghost of Greg Oden.
But anyway, I digress. Multiple reports are coming out saying Ingram, KCP (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope), Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, and Lonzo Ball all are on the block. This is not including other players Svi Mykhailiuk (try saying that ten times fast) or other low-end roster players with good contracts. The players included in most rumors are all their “good”, higher-in-the-rotation assets. Of course, the Lakers should be looking to trade Ingram first and foremost.
Why you may ask? After all, he was the #2 overall pick. Since LeBron has been out, all his stats have climbed up. He’s taken a more ball-dominate role (one could argue he is essentially their point guard now), and has helped propel their offense to a couple wins in LeBron’s absence. So, why would you trade that?
Simple: he sucks when LeBron is there. Ingram is a horrible on-ball/off-ball defender, and he cannot be an off-ball player in their offense. He NEEDS the ball in his hands in order to function. Besides this, he still cannot shot from three, posting an abysmal 29% on the year (don’t forget, his career is only at 32%). Even though Luke Walton says this doesn’t bother him at all, and that Lonzo believes Ingram and him are “playing like leaders”, those are not ringing endorsements from supporting actors in the Lakers organization. After all, Magic and LeBron run this show, and if Ingram wants to stay then he better start playing like it.