Brandon Ingram is a big part of the young core for the Los Angeles Lakers. However, some Lakers rumors may spell Ingram’s departure from the team.
Three months ago, Brandon Ingram was untouchable. Now, as the temperature begins to dip and basketball season lurks around the corner, Ingram is no longer on a pedestal. If anything, Ingram now should be in the heart of trade talks.
Ingram was the second overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. In what was the second of third consecutive second overall picks, the Lakers went with Ingram over the likes of Jaylen Brown and Dragan Bender. Quite frankly, that 2016 NBA Draft class was one of the weakest in recent memory.
Still, Ingram plays a pivotal role in the rebuilding phase for the Lakers. As the season creeps up, Ingram is slated to be the starting small forward. With rookie Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez, Ingram is expected to play a big role this season.
Except, he may not play any role at all. Ingram has been struggling; only averaging 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in four preseason games. Head coach Luke Walton has even recognized Ingram’s stagnant offense, which in turn has led to some demands of taking Ingram out of the starting five.
However, the Lakers may be better suited in removing Ingram from the roster entirely. Although he is a key component in the youth movement, he is replaceable. Therefore, here are three reasons why now is the time for the Lakers to trade Brandon Ingram.