The Los Angeles Lakers have become a battered team down the stretch of the 2017-18 NBA season with injuries to key players on the roster. It has put them a bit short-handed heading into the final two games of the season.
This has pushed the team to look outside their current roster to add more bodies to the mix. The front office has decided to bring aboard G-League affiliate South Bay Lakers guard Andre Ingram for the final pair of contests in the regular season:
OFFICIAL: Lakers Sign Andre Ingram
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 9, 2018
This will the 32-year-old’s first experience playing in the NBA that is 10 years in the making after spending the first decade of his professional basketball career in the G-League. In 47 games played this season with South Bay, Ingram averaged 9.1 points on a league-best 47.5 percent from 3-point range along with 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest.
He is the G League’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (713) while holding career averages of 10.2 points on 46.4 percent from the field and 46.1 percent from beyond the arc with 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 384 games. He has shown the ability to stretch the floor with his outside shooting as an efficient option from distance over his career.
It is a unique opportunity for Ingram to get his first NBA action in what could be a meaningful role off the bench in the final two games. The Lakers are currently dealing with injuries to second-year forward Brandon Ingram (concussion) along with rookies Kyle Kuzma (ankle), and Lonzo Ball (knee contusion).
Los Angeles is hobbling to finish the regular season that has required other players on the roster to step into more prominent roles over the last couple of weeks. Ingram could the latest in his official NBA action in the next few days after spending time in the G-League with South Bay, Utah Flash, and Perth Wildcats over that span.