Two months after suffering a big toe injury that cost him over a quarter of the season, New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram is expected to return to action on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Shams Charania reported.
Ingram will play on Wednesday night barring a pregame setback, his first game action since Nov. 25. Ingram has been limited to just 15 games this season, but his return will be a massive boost for the 26-22 Pelicans as they continue to jockey for positioning in a competitive Western Conference.
The 25-year-old North Carolina native is in his fourth season with the Pelicans after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2019 package deal that sent Anthony Davis to California.
Ingram’s imminent return isn’t the only good news for New Orleans, as results of superstar Zion Williamson’s latest imaging showed that his hamstring is healing as expected and he is making good progress with his recovery.
He will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but can now start the process of returning to the basketball court.
“The first step is that he’ll be on the court, but more stationary shooting, stationary ball-handling, a little movement as far as off the court,” Pelicans head coach Willie Green said. “We’ll progress from there, but for right now, that’s the next step for him.”
It’s great news on both the Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson front for New Orleans Pelicans fans, and the former should immediately return to the starting lineup for the Western Conference’s No. 4 seed.
The former All-Stars will be looking to take the Pelicans to the next level as they fight to earn a spot in the postseason and win a playoff round for the first time since the 2017-18 season.