Rumor: Orlando prefers to move Jonathon Simmons rather than part with Terrence Ross
The Orlando Magic would rather move Jonathon Simmons out rather than part ways with Terrence Ross who’s having his best season so far.
According to the Stein Newsletter, despite Ross’ heftier contract, the Magic would love to have him stay for his offensive talent. Ross is on an expiring contract and if all goes well, Orlando might offer him a bigger deal next season:
Word is that the Magic, though, prefer to move Jonathon Simmons rather than part with Ross, who not only has an expiring contract ($10.5 million) but is in the midst of a career-best season.
Simmons isn’t the shooter Ross is but sports his own cap-friendly contract at $6 million this season — and with only $1 million of next season’s scheduled $5.7 million guaranteed.
The 27-year-old Ross is logging in career-bests in points, field goal percentage and three-point shooting percentage. He’s averaging 14.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting, and 39.6 percent from downtown. He also averages 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He’s been the second unit’s spark plug.
Simmons, meanwhile, is still struggling to find his rhythm.
He’s logging in 7.3 points per game on a career-low, 35.4 percent shooting from the field. Though Simmons’ value is measured through the toughness and intensity on the court, it seems that the Magic want to see more from him. Time will only tell how the Magic will resolve this dilemma involving Ross and Simmons.