There are two teams in the NBA that are considered the frontrunners to make the playoffs this season. Golden State Warriors are 5-0 this season, while New Orleans Pelicans are 3-1. While Golden State are solid favorites at 8/1, New Orleans are much more likely to advance to the playoffs at 3/1. This is because of two players on both teams. The first is New Orleans Pelicans’ 22-year-old point guard, 22-year-old guard Brandon Ingram. After being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2nd round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Ingram was traded to the Pelicans in exchange for guard Rajon Rondo. Since being traded, Ingram has played 55 games for the Pelicans, averaging 17.

Every summer, there are rumors that the Warriors are looking to trade for one of their players. 2017 was no exception, as the Warriors were rumored to be actively shopping Brandon Ingram and DeMarcus Cousins. According to multiple reports, the Warriors and the Pelicans have discussed a trade, although no deal has been finalized.

With the NBA trade deadline looming in eight days, rumors are swirling about a potential blockbuster involving the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors. In a potential deal, the Warriors would send Brandon Ingram to the Pelicans in exchange for Demarcus Cousins or an additional pick from the Pelicans.

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The Golden State Warriors will be a contender for the NBA title next season. That’s simply part of having Stephen Curry at the pinnacle of his abilities on your team, and Klay Thompson finally back from injury. 

The Warriors have a lot of young players on the roster, so it may be a good idea to trade some of them in order to make a win-now move and add a star to the team. Adding star power to a team’s lineup usually helps them win titles.

Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley recently suggested a scenario in which the Golden State Warriors make a big move for Brandon Ingram. The Warriors are sending a package to the New Orleans Pelicans that includes two of their best prospects, James Wiseman and Jonathan Kuminga.

Brandon Ingram, Tomas Satoransky, and Jaxson Hayes are among the Golden State Warriors’ newcomers.

Pelicans of New Orleans Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, and Jonathan Kuminga will be receiving.

Brandon Ingram is a terrific three-level shot creator who might assist the Golden State Warriors with their scoring problems, so it’s simple to see how he could aid them. Buckley notes that this deal would “prioritize the now” but not “totally ignoring the future” since Ingram is still “on the right side of 25.”

Golden State would only unload its treasure trove of assets for one player—who isn’t available, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kendra Andrews. Although Andrews did not identify the player, he did say that “it’s hard not to infer” that the target is Bradley Beal.

Does the fact that this agreement doesn’t provide Beal make it a deal-breaker? Perhaps not. The Warriors aren’t giving up everything in this deal; they’ll retain No. 14 overall selection Moses Moody as well as all of their future choices. Because Moody is the most polished of Golden State’s top three prospects, he may provide more immediate value than James Wiseman or Jonathan Kuminga, who, with Stephen Curry’s 33rd birthday behind him, should arguably be the franchise’s primary priority.

Following this win-now reasoning, it may be worthwhile to give up two blue-chip prospects and Andrew Wiggins for this deal. Brandon Ingram can fill a second or third scoring position, depending on how Klay Thompson looks coming back from a torn ACL and Achilles, while Tomas Satoransky provides rotation depth and Jaxon Hayes provides the above-the-rim inside aspect the Dubs would be lacking if Wiseman were not available.

The Warriors aren’t totally ignoring the future since Ingram is still under the age of 25. They’d simply be focusing on the present, which is understandable given that Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green are all in their 30s.

There’s little doubt that adding Brandon Ingram to the Golden State Warriors’ roster would help them get closer to the playoffs. While the Warriors did not make any deals on draft night, there is still time for them to do so, and we may see a move in the future. It makes sense to get the most out of Stephen Curry’s peak, but whether the Warriors will be able to do so remains to be seen.

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