Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball are full participants on Pelicans’ voluntary offseason workouts
The New Orleans Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball may be nursing serious injuries but that hasn’t stopped the pair from participating in informal scrimmages that’s atypical of the offseason.
According to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez, the pair have been full participants in workouts in New Orleans with both players not showing any signs of restriction from their respective ailments.
Ball and Ingram were the centerpieces of the Los Angeles Lakers trade (in addition to Josh Hart and some draft picks) that sent Pelicans franchise superstar Anthony Davis to Hollywood after months of protracted negotiations as early as the trade deadline. With Davis threatening to opt-out of his contract at the end of the season, time was of the essence and the Pelicans sacked their general manager Dell Demps and tasked president of basketball operations David Griffin to oversee feasible transactions, ultimately ending with the Lakers proposal.
The duo missed a substantial amount of games during the 2018-19 season which played a crucial role in the Lakers missing the playoffs again and the first for LeBron James since 2005. Ball suffered a grade 3 left ankle sprain on a collision with James Harden during a January 19th matchup against the Houston Rockets and the Lakers opted to shut him down for the season while Ingram missed the final five weeks due to a blood clot in his right shoulder.
Ball and Ingram expect to be fully healthy in time for the season flanking new franchise cornerstone Zion Williams as they hope to make a playoff push along with grizzled veterans’ Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick, and Derrick Favors.