As the Lakers fell to a humiliating 136-94 defeat in Indianapolis, chants of “LeBron’s gonna trade you” could clearly be heard from the crowd.
With the NBA trade deadline only a few days away, Ingram has found himself caught up in the Lakers’ attempts to sign Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Lakers president Magic Johnson has reportedly offered several young prospects, including Ingram, as well as draft picks and cap relief in his attempts to entice the six-time All-Star to come to the West coast.
And the Pacers took their chance to mock Ingram after a few minutes into the first quarter when he got to the free-throw line.
As he prepared to take his shot the chants could be heard from the crowd at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena.
James was asked about the chants after the game and he insisted if players let that bother them,they shouldn’t be on the court.
“That is just fans, being fans,” James said.
“If you let that bother you, you are in the wrong sport.”
James returned from a one-game absence to lead the Lakers on points (18), rebounds (seven) and assists (nine).
Ingram finished the night with 12 points, six rebounds and a single assist, while scoring with every other shot from the field.
The 21-year-old was the Lakers’ second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, but still needs to convince all of his critics that he hasn’t reached his potential.
Davis has not kept his desire to leave New Orleans a secret, and was even fined $50,0000 for violating a rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands.
His agent Rich Paul previously said Davis “wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.”
However, after several days of offers the Lakers appear frustrated by the Pelicans’ demands.
And according to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have now stopped talks because of the “outrageous” requests made by New Orleans.
The Pelicans reportedly wanted four first-round picks and four second rounds picks, along with six Lakers players.