Lakers Rumors: Brandon Ingram has apparently grown a few inches

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If these latest Lakers rumors are true, Brandon Ingram is really going to be a problem.

Brandon Ingram was drafted second overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, a year before Lonzo Ball and a year after the D’Angelo Russell decision. He was selected to be part of a young core that would hopefully grow into a threatening team and eventually compete in the playoffs and later for a title.

One of the best qualities that Ingram has is his length, but that may be an even bigger advantage for the Lakers forward as he prepares for his second season in the league. According to a report from Lakers Nation that wrote on comments from Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Ingram has reportedly grown closer to seven feet tall.

Officially listed at 6’9”, here’s what the latest report from Lakers Nation says about Ingram’s stature:

"On his daily radio show, Thompson and Trudell on ESPN LA, Lakers reporter Mike Trudell said that he believes Ingram has grown an inch or two. (H/T Bleacher Report)"

Looking at the idea of Ingram being an impact player alongside Lonzo Ball, an added height will give Ball more room to do his magic on an alley oop pass or something special on the offensive side of the ball.

Also, it helps Ingram on the defensive end of things because of the fact that guarding smaller players becomes that much easier. While it’s going to be pretty incredible to watch the Lakers and their new offense in the upcoming season, none of that really matters if they can’t play defense.

Being one of the guys that Magic Johnson and Luke Walton have entrusted the leadership opportunity to, Ingram doesn’t really have a choice when it comes to making improvements on both ends of the ball.

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This has to be great news for an organization who labelled Ingram as the untouchable type of player when Paul George rumors were flying everywhere. Get ready for a franchise-changing season ahead for the purple and gold, and expect Brandon Ingram to have his hands right in the middle of it all.