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NBA GM would be ‘surprised’ if Brandon Ingram gets extension from Pelicans before October deadline

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An Eastern Conference general manager would be “surprised” if Brandon Ingram gets an extension from the New Orleans Pelicans before the Oct. 21 deadline.

Ingram is eligible for a rookie-scale extension. However, since he’s entering his first season with the Pelicans, New Orleans likely won’t give Ingram an extension because they haven’t seen him play yet.

“When a player is new to a team, an extension is unlikely,” the GM told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “For example, I’d be surprised if Brandon Ingram gets an extension before the deadline in October. Out of all these guys we’re discussing like Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown, Buddy Hield and Brandon Ingram, I’d be the most surprised if Ingram gets something done, just because he’s new there.

“Unless you’re talking about James Harden and you know the player is great so you give him an extension as soon as you trade for him, typically guys who just got acquired don’t get extended. It’s easy for the team to say, ‘Listen, it’s not that we don’t think you’re great, it’s just that we don’t know you yet.’”

Ingram will make $7.3 million this season under his current contract. He’ll enter restricted free agency in the summer of 2020 once New Orleans offers him a $9.5 million qualifying offer.

The Pelicans acquired Ingram from the Los Angeles Lakers in the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade. The swingman averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 2018-19 while shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 33.0 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Ingram played in just 52 games after being shut down for the season due to Deep Vein Thrombosis in his right arm. He has fully recovered and played in the Pelicans’ preseason opener. Ingram finished with 19 points in 23 minutes while shooting 6-of-12 from the floor.