Report: Pelicans, Brandon Ingram agree to five-year, $158M max deal

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram. (Matt York/AP)

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a five-year, $158-million max contract with forward Brandon Ingram, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ingram, 23, reportedly turned down a "more modest" extension when he joined the Pelicans last June in the trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, per Wojnarowski, betting he'd be able to earn a bigger contract in 2019-20.

The Kinston, N.C., native then averaged 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his first year in the Big Easy – all career highs – as he started all 62 regular-season games for the Pelicans and got an all-star nod.

The second-overall pick behind Ben Simmons in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ingram played three seasons in Los Angeles before being dealt in the Davis blockbuster.

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