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The reason Pelicans are hush-hush on potential Brandon Ingram player option

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Brandon Ingram recently agreed to a five-year max extension, but it sounds like the team doesn’t want to discuss the finer details of this deal just yet.

As part of a recent podcast appearance, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst explained that Ingram and the Pelicans have indeed agreed to this deal. However, it’s only an agreement at this point, and it hasn’t been revealed if he’ll have an option in the fifth year. If he does have an option for the fifth year, he can become a free agent in 2024.

Via RealGM:

“Brandon Ingram just signed, he hasn’t actually signed the contract yet, but he just agreed,” said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. “To my knowledge, it hasn’t been reported whether he got an option or not. My attempts to find out whether he did get an option is nobody wants to talk about it. Because it’s a sensitive topic.”

Ingram and the Pelicans were unable to come to an extension agreement before the 2019-20 season. Despite this fact, the former No. 2 overall pick went on to enjoy a fine season. And though he was inconsistent with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ingram found a niche with the Pelicans, becoming an All-Star and the NBA’s Most Improved Player. Furthermore, he led New Orleans in scoring with 23.8 points per game.

His extension with the Pelicans is said to be valued at $158 million, though the contract has not been officially announced.

Notably, Ingram was part of the 2019 offseason deal that sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. New Orleans also received guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, as well as multiple draft picks in the blockbuster deal.