"In free agency, everyone wants to see what the market is," Loomis told The Times-Picayune. "The question is, can that get done prior to March 10? Can both sides get a good feel for that beforehand and do a deal, or do we need to wait and see where all the offers are and respond accordingly?"
In other words, Ingram will hit the open market, as expected since late October, if the two sides can't reach common ground on his value within the next three weeks.
"Where we are cap-wise is going to dictate part of the structure for these deals," Loomis explained. "So it's all intertwined."