REPORT: Lakers interested in Magic’s Terrence Ross, Heat’s Wayne Ellington
Along with Phoenix Suns small forward Trevor Ariza, the Los Angeles Lakers are also interested in trading for Orlando Magic swingman Terrence Ross and Miami Heat shooting guard Wayne Ellington, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
Wayne Ellington re-signed with the Heat over the summer on a one-year, $6.2 million deal, while Terrence Ross is making $10.5 million this year. Both Ellington and Ross will become unrestricted free agents after this season ends.
Among them, a source told Sporting News, is another former Laker — Heat guard Wayne Ellington, a 3-point specialist who would help LA’s struggles from the 3-point arc. Ellington is on a one-year deal with the Heat, and he has the right to veto a trade. The Heat would be open to moving Ellington to a playoff team for a first-round pick, according to sources.
Another target is Magic forward Terrence Ross, but with the 27-year-old averaging 14.1 points on a career-best 56.8 true shooting percentage, his value might be out of the Lakers’ range.
In 17 games this season for the Heat, Wayne Ellington is averaging 9.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. The 31-year-old is shooting 36.7 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Terrence Ross, meanwhile, is averaging 14.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Magic. The high-flyer is shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent from the 3-point line and 85.4 percent from the charity stripe.