Why: At 25 years old, Ingram has already solidified himself as a prolific scorer and versatile wing. He can give you over 23 points per game, while playing from shooting guard to power forward.
The former No. 2 pick has been improving since joining the NBA. Today’s version of B.I. is a three-level scorer who’s also a good playmaker, even though he has some issues as a defender. Also, his Kevin-Durant-physique makes room for development on that side of the ball and working with Erik Spoelstra and Miami’s coaching staff usually helps that kind of evolution.
Viability: Ingram is under contract for two more years. It’s uncertain how high the New Orleans Pelicans value him, and even if he’ll be willing to extend due to their lack of postseason success.
The best scenario for Miami if they tried to acquire Ingram would be if he signaled the intention to leave in free agency, maybe giving the possibility to trade for him during his last contract year by a lower price. The Heat’s $148 million projected payroll for 2025 would decrease the chances of signing him as a free-agent.