Randle could do the same as far as switching on to smaller players in a pinch but to guard smaller players full time, you need to be disciplined and understand how to use your length and speed. Ingram does ok in spurts but gives up on plays, lacks focus consistently and can get beat easily when his man doesn't have the ball.
As far as him being capable on the ball, sure...so is Hart, Kuzma and Lance. Doesn't mean we should force those guys out front either.
Play to your strengths. On ball is not Ingram's strength.
Ingram doesn't make sense for us as he is. It's not about the targets that people bring up. It's about what WE need. Ingram isn't the best player for the style we are trying to play. To be perfectly honest, I'd rather Kuzma at the 4 next to LeBron at the 3 than Ingram at the 3 with LeBron at the 4.
Use Ingram in a trade to find a 2 that can:
Hit the 3
Move without the ball
Take over scoring when LeBron needs a rest.
Tall order but it makes sense...much more sense than Ingram at the 3 right now.
In theory, Beal is close to a perfect fit. I don't like Beal or his CRAZY MONSTROUS Contract but you're on the right track.
I know it's not happening but Ingram for:
That would bring this team's starters into better balance. I hate Beal & Fultz so including them hurst. Swap any of those 6 (Beal + those 5) and the Lakers are likely a top 3 team in the NBA. I know the salaries don't work and the other teams don't have an incentive to make those trades but this is just to get you to understand how I see our roster issues.
Ingram is talented but what he is trying to be clashes with the style that benefits:
Need I continue? The only thing that list is missing is a legit scoring guard/defender at the 2-3. Ingram just doesn't fit, IMHO. I'm not bashing him. I'm not saying he won't be a good player. I'm looking at this from a team building POV. With or without LeBron, Ingram slows this team down.
I know what your opinion is and i dont disagree on what would help our team right now, which would be a guy like Kawhi or Klay - a wing who can shoot 3s, move without the ball and defend the 2 and 3. I do think it is a bit overstated because we currently sit 8th in offensive efficiency, so we are doing something right on that end. Defensively is where we have issues and BI for all his flaws still is a much better defender than the other guys we have at the wing.
You talk about Ingram as he is, rather than who he can become and i think that's where we disagree. Right now BI isn't even looking to shoot from 3, which is strange because he shoots pretty well (40%) building on last year's 38%. If he was firing off 5 3s per game and looked to find those shots i'm not sure we're having this discussion. And i dont think it's all that difficult for him to do this.
Another point is about team-building. Say we did trade for someone like McCollum we might be the most potent offense in the league, but it would come at a major cost defensively AND it would prevent us from chasing a max level guy in free agency. In other words, if we are trading BI for someone i think that someone has to be able to make us a contender right now and i'm not sure who is available out there right now that does that.
I think Butler could be a candidate because of his ability on the defensive end. Another guy would be Khris Middleton. I'm not really a fan of Beal, but i could be wrong on that one.