Storyline: Andre Ingram Free Agency

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Now moving forward, at 32-years old, Andre Ingram wants to keep this going. He said although he could retire on a high note, he wants to work for an NBA contract and keep his career alive. He and his agent both feel confident about playing this season, and Ingram has moved past the emotions of earning a call-up, to the next step in his career. “The full intention is to play this season. To play in the NBA and stay in the NBA,” said Ingram. “The Rockets game was huge, the call-up was huge, but for me I’m onto how I’m going to stay in the NBA moving next season. My focus is on what’s coming next. I have no intentions of slowing down.”

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Andre Ingram said people will still come up to him and explain how his night against the Rockets inspired them in their life or career. “Young people might think it’s cool, older people might think to themselves, ‘hey maybe its time for me to keep at it,’” Ingram explained. “I’ve just heard from so many people, not just in sports, about how they just were so inspired in their own careers from my game. That’s such an excellent thing to be a part of because I had seen things in the past that kept me going.”

Ingram said the NBA G League did that preparation for him to shine on the big stage at the NBA. “The G League is preparation. Everything about it, especially on the court, is just like the NBA. That’s why the transition didn’t overwhelm me,” said Ingram. “The G League’s purpose is to develop you for the NBA and I believe it’s done that so well. That’s why you see so many guys find their game, even former NBA players who come down and work their way back up.”

Ingram said he has received some interest but no offers from the other 29 NBA teams and he has not considered playing professionally overseas. He said he is a nervous wreck over his free agency and he has told his agent to focus on getting him back to the Lakers. General manager Rob Pelinka could not be reached for comment. Ingram said he is staying in shape and preparing himself for the possibility of being invited to training camp. Perhaps the reworked Lakers’ need for more shooting could work in his favor.
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September 19, 2018 | 2:37 pm EDT Update
Butler and Thibodeau met on Tuesday in Los Angeles to discuss his situation, according to multiple sources. Over the last several weeks, Butler began to seriously contemplate his future with the Timberwolves and a potential trade request, league sources said. It was in that meeting that Butler expressed a desire to be traded, telling Thibodeau that he does not intend to sign a long-term extension with the Wolves next summer. He has provided a list of one to three teams with which he would be open to signing a long-term deal, sources said.