That’s still operating under the assumption Ingram can land anything better, at this point he’s been more consistent at playing poorly than playing well. In fact even when his stats look okay most of the time I’m shocked to see them. It’s always a “when did he get 18 points I didn’t even notice” vs kuzma or lonzos random games where I can tell they’re playing well. That’s never a good sign
It’s not an overreaction. Vucevic is an expiring who’s playing infinitely better than Ingram, is young enough that he could be worth resigning if we sign another star
Lebron, vucevic, kuzma, ball and another max free agent has a better chance of winning next season than if you replaced vucevic with Ingram
I don’t trust Ingram’s development whatsoever anymore. He’s taken a clear step backwards, and he’s no longer showing any signs of life. He’s had one game in 40 games that people can honestly say he showed signs of life
How can anyone say that’s development? One game? Kuzma has a month on top of several games scattered throughout
I’ve watched every game but one this season and I can honestly say stats both offensively and defensively aren’t telling the full story with Ingram. He’s a non factor most games, has some of the emptiest points I’ve seen, his free throws are abysmal and his defense is overrated
At this point he’s a throw in in a deal for a star. He’s Javaris cittenton in the pau gasol deal he’s not the centerpiece
I’d venture to say his value is likely at the same point as josh Hart’s now
Anyone who takes him on next year is going to have to pay him or let him walk, who’s willing to do that based on his progression trend right now? So why would anyone offer anything of value?
I think the coaching staff has to go before Ingram when you factor in the way he’s been misused throughout his tenure here. Can easily see a competent staff recognizing his strengths and putting him in good spots to use them. At this point, I don’t know if that will be here.
Luke keeps forcing this PG thing on him. We have more less been using Ingram as though he’s a duplicate of LeBron. He’s not that player. It’s like asking Klay Thompson to initiate your offense. We can say good players shine regardless, but this franchise has clearly been lacking in the player development department for quite some time. I mean, for as much as De’Aaron Fox improves individually, he was one of the worst players in the league last season and we could argue he’s not a fringe All-Star this year if Joerger doesn’t recognize the Kings strengths and completely revamp the offense from dead last in pace to top 5.
I don’t think anyone in the org is free of blame at this point. Coaching staff hasn’t done a great job, players aren’t competing, which should be done regardless of what I mentioned above, Magic and Rob probably should’ve brought back Lopez in some capacity when you factor in how this team needs a shooter and how critical it was to Ingram’s success last season to have a popping big. Dude wanted to come back to and was surprised LA didn’t want him. Oh well.
According to Windhorst today, Magic wants a chance to convince KD or Kawhi this summer so any big trade isn’t happening til he gets that opportunity. Either way, I don’t know how most of this roster will be here next season. This was an audition year for not only the young guys, but Luke and his staff.
I wonder if coach Bud would’ve taken this job if we fired Luke over the summer. Sheesh.