Report: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball Working Out with Pelicans After Injuries

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2019

METAIRIE, LA - JULY 16: Derrick Favors #22, Lonzo Ball #2, Josh Hart #3, and Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans pose for a photo at the introductory press conference on July 16, 2019 at Ochsner Sports Performance Center in Metairie, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images
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Fear not, New Orleans Pelicans fans. Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball appear well on their way to being ready for the start of the 2019-20 season.

According to Andrew Lopez of ESPN, the two pieces who came over as part of the trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers have been full participants in the Pelicans' voluntary offseason workouts.

Injuries haven't held back either one, which is notable because Ingram's final game came on March 2 before he was shut down for deep vein thrombosis in his right arm. Ball's final game last season came on Jan. 19 because of an ankle injury.

This is another step in the right direction after the Pelicans shared video of Ball working out in August:

Durability has been an issue for both young playmakers in the early portion of their careers. Ball played 52 games as a rookie in 2017-18 and 47 games last season, while Ingram appeared in 59 games and 52 games in each of the last two seasons, respectively.

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The Western Conference is loaded with talented rosters, but it isn't a stretch to suggest New Orleans can contend for a playoff spot if Ball and Ingram are both healthy and making strides.

The combination of Ball, Ingram, Zion Williamson and Josh Hart gives New Orleans a talented core to build around for years, and veteran pieces such as JJ Redick, Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors can serve as mentors while helping keep the team competitive in 2019-20.

New Orleans' training camp begins on Oct. 1, and it opens the regular season with a showdown against the defending champion Toronto Raptors on Oct. 22.

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