The Los Angeles Lakers announce that they will formally sign Brandon Ingram to a rookie deal, Tuesday that dismisses rumors that they are looking to trade him to have enough cap space.
Shams Charania of The Vertical first reported on the signing. Charania noted that sources did not show how much will the Lakers be offering Ingram. According to Real GM first round picks can sign for as much as 120% and as little as 80% of the rookie scale.
If that would be followed, Ingram is looking at a $4.4 million in his first year as a Laker while on his second year, he is to receive $4.6 million. During the third year, Ingram is to get $4.8 million and an option either by the player or team.
If given a four-year contract, Ingram is to get a 26.2% increase over the third year of his contract while a qualifying offer from the team will give him a 30.5% increase over the fourth-year salary.
With the news, Ingram takes on the pressure to do his best when the league formally opens. Ingram noted that he is ready to show people with his skills and what he can bring to help the Lakers in their cause. Even Kobe Byrant took notice of his talent and sees a bright future for the 18-year old out of Duke University.
Aside from Ingram, the Lakers have been very busy signing players whom they see would fit their system going into the new season. The Lakers recently signed Yi Jianlian and former Notre Dame standout Zach Auguste to a deal. Having signed Ingram, it gave the prized rookie assurance of playing in the NBA.
The news of the Lakers signing Ingram gives versatility to the team composed of young players that include D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., and Ivica Zubac. The Lakers are rebuilding the team with Bryant’s retirement last season and having a young core with Ingram in it, is the team’s answer.
The Lakers are looking to bounce back from their dismal performance of the last two seasons. With Luke Walton and Brain Shaw to run the show for the Lakers, they are hoping that the team will make an immediate impact. For Ingram, it is not only making an impact that drives him to do his part, but also to win the rookie of the year honors.
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