NBA executives view Pelicans' Brandon Ingram as potential Warriors trade target – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

It's no secret that the Warriors need to make a splash this offseason, but who might they target?

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram is on the radar of some people around the NBA, according to Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports (h/t Inside the Warriors).

“Why [the Warriors are] going to find, [Ingram] He's the kind of guy they'll be in the market for, because he's a player who can score but is a little damaged goods and probably priced lower than it should be,” an anonymous Western Conference executive said of Deveney. told. “But you know, you keep him healthy, you keep him careful, and he can push you. he is still young [26] And that's exactly what they want.

“He is a wildcard. But we saw him, he played 30 minutes against Washington and scored 40 points. He did this twice. When he gets it right he is a devastating scorer.”

That's exactly what Golden State needs with star point guard Steph Curry, who hasn't received much support in the scoring department during the 2023-24 NBA season.

Ingram averaged 20.8 points on 49.2 percent shooting, along with 5.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 32.9 minutes per game last regular season with New Orleans. The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player has struggled to stay healthy, however, appearing in 225 of the Pelicans' last 318 games and actually seeing a decline from his career-high 24.7 points per game last season.

But Ingram, a 6-foot-8 starter with versatility, could slot right into Warriors coach Steve Kerr's system as an additional scoring threat with Klay Thompson's future uncertain at bay and Andrew Wiggins heading into another down year. Are coming.

An unnamed Eastern Conference GM told Deveney of Ingram, “You can play him at the 4, he can switch a lot, he can play the 3 or the 2.” “He has also become a very good playwright. That's the kind of versatility Steve likes. You may question his toughness, but put him next to Draymond Green and that changes.

“New Orleans isn’t sure it wants to pay him. Therefore, a lot of teams are keeping an eye on him. There's probably 10-12 teams keeping an eye on him, if he becomes available, any way you want to put it.

Could the Warriors be one of those teams? Devaney offered a deal centered around Chris Paul, Moses Moody and a future first-round pick trade package, or Wiggins and Moody, for Ingram.

Ingram is under contract for $36 million for the 2024–25 season – the final campaign of a five-year contract extension signed in 2020. While the 26-year-old is due for a lucrative extension, it certainly could be a gamble the Warriors are willing to take.

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