Brandon Ingram not exactly thrilled Jaylen Brown got an extension and he didn't

Nick Friar
January 04, 2020 - 4:18 pm
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When Jaylen Brown received a four-year, $115 million extension, some questioned the Celtics’ decision. Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram was among those scratching their heads.

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But second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft — taken right before Brown — wasn’t exactly focused on how Danny Ainge’s move would impact Boston’s future. He was more concerned with the fact Brown was getting paid and he wasn’t.

On top of Brown, Ben Simmons (No. 1 in the 2016 NBA Draft) got a five-year max deal worth $170 million and Buddy Hield (No. 6 in the same draft) received a four-year $106 million contract.

None of those extensions sat well with Ingram, which is why he told Andrew Lopez of ESPN he’ll take any of them on at any time.

“When we talked about the extension, of course, I’m human,” Ingram said. “When I look at other guys, I’m like, ‘This m-----f----- got an extension? Oh my god. Man, we can lace up right now and play one-on-one to 15 and this m-----f----- won't score.’ That's how I looked at it as a competitor.”

For what it’s worth, the Lakers never made the playoffs when Ingram was in Los Angeles. Their best record during his Laker career was 37-45 — LeBron James’ first year in LA.

Ingram’s Pelicans are 11-24 in 2019-20 and ranked No. 14 in the Western Conference standings.

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