Brandon Ingram signs max contract extension with Pelicans

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Restricted free agent Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, said a person familiar with the situation.

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The person spoke to the Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced.

Ingram is the NBA’s reigning most improved player after averaging a team-high 23.8 points in his first season with the Pelicans.

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The 23-year-old Ingram, a 2016 second overall draft choice by the Los Angeles Lakers, was dealt to New Orleans during the 2019 offseason as part of a blockbuster trade that sent perennial All-Star Anthony Davis to the Lakers.

New Orleans also received guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, as well as multiple draft picks in that deal.

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