Ingram signs max deal with Pelicans

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 16: Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives the ball around Royce O’Neale #23 of the Utah Jazz at Smoothie King Center on January 16, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, La. – All-Star forward Brandon Ingram chose to stay in the 504 Tuesday when he signed a max contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The deal is a five-year, $158 million extension. Ingram averaged 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game last season, earning the Most Improved Player award.

Ingram became the third player of the 2016 NBA Draft Class to sign a max contract extension, joining former LSU and current Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons and Denver Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray.

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