Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram not confident in NBA’s Orlando return plan
New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram has always been an honest person and that trend continued on Monday.
During a conference call with Pelicans reporters, Ingram admitted he’s not confident the NBA’s Orlando “bubble” plan is going to work.
Brandon Ingram said he's "not that confident" the NBA will be able to pull this off. "They've got us going to Orlando on the 8th. We'll see."
— Christian Clark (@cclark3000) July 6, 2020
The state of Florida is a huge hotspot for the coronavirus right now. As a result, multiple players in the NBA are uncertain this “bubble” plan is going to work.
The Pelicans will be playing in eight seeding games once the “bubble” games start on July 30. New Orleans has to rack up a better seeding-games-record than the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns if the club wants to clinch the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Prior to games getting suspended in March, Ingram was the best player for the Pelicans. The talented swingman was putting up 24.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Once the 2020 offseason begins, Ingram will become a restricted free agent after the Pelicans offer him his qualifying offer. Washington Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans dropped out of the “bubble” games because he’s torn his ACL twice and is afraid of getting hurt in Orlando since he enters free agency this offseason.
With that said, hopefully Brandon Ingram doesn’t get hurt in Orlando. The Pelicans are expected to sign him to a max contract.