4:01pm: The Lakers have officially signed Ingram, the team announced today in a press release. His new 10-day contract will run through March 20.
12:50pm: Veteran G League sharpshooter Andre Ingram is set to get another shot in the NBA, according to reports from Lauren A. Jones of The Los Angeles Sentinel and Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter links). Jones first reported that Ingram will be rejoining the Lakers, while Charania adds that the 33-year-old is signing a 10-day contract with the club.
The G League’s all-time leader in three-pointers, Ingram had appeared in 384 NBAGL games over 10 seasons before finally getting a call-up at the end of 2017/18. The veteran shooting guard made a memorable debut for the Lakers last spring, racking up 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting (including 4-of-5 on threes) in an April contest vs. Houston.
Although he hoped that brief audition would earn him a chance to compete for an NBA roster spot last fall, Ingram ultimately returned to the South Bay Lakers, where he has averaged 8.6 PPG on .393/.355/.830 shooting in a part-time role over 35 games this season. It has been a down year for Ingram, who still holds a .451 3PT% for his NBAGL career.
The Lakers have an open roster spot, so they won’t need to make a corresponding move to clear space for Ingram. While that spot was originally considered likely to be used on a win-now veteran, the club has fallen out of playoff contention within the last couple weeks. Given the negative energy surrounding the Lakers during their recent slide, it makes sense that the team would instead opt to fill its roster by revisiting a feel-good story like Ingram’s.
Ingram will earn $76,236 over the course of his new 10-day deal. Once it expires, the Lakers can either sign him to a second 10-day deal, give him a rest-of-season contract, or let him return to free agency.