The Lakers had a chance to compete for the Demarcus Cousins sweepstakes, but when the Sacramento Kings asked for Brandon Ingram, the Lakers said no. Cousins ended up being traded to the Pelicans.
The Lakers see a lot of potential Ingram. Although he has struggled on offense, he has shown flashes of greatness for a 19-year-old rookie. Metta World Peace on this morning’s segment of the UNDISPUTED believed that the Lakers made the right decision in keeping Ingram. He also vouched that Ingram would be a future superstar.
” I like Ingram, and I think he is going to be a superstar. I like who we have on the Lakers. We are in a good position. We don’t need to chase anybody. We need to build what we have now, and get back to that championship level.”
World Peace continued to praise Ingram in the segment:
” He is only 19, a very mature player. The other day we were in a film session, in a game I think, and I kept telling him how mature he was and to keep it up.”
When asked how close the Lakers were to be a contender, World Peace responded:
“We were fifth place in the beginning of the season, and then we got hurt. Once we got hurt, the momentum went in the opposite direction, and the young guys didn’t know how to deal with that. So next year we’re going to be better. Guys like Brandon who is very mature. You keep a guy like that because he can weather that storm and he doesn’t feel pressured.”
The Lakers refused to include Ingram in their trade talks, and that is an optimistic signifier that they are willing to invest in him and his future.