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RUMOR: New Orleans has shown interest in Magic’s Terrence Ross

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The New Orleans Pelicans need bench help and they apparently feel that Orlando Magic wing Terrence Ross may be the perfect man for the job, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

This would definitely be something that could make sense for both sides.

Ross is having the best year of his NBA career, averaging 13.3 points and 3.1 rebounds over 25.7 minutes per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.

He is also in the final year of his deal and will become an unrestricted free agent over the summer, and it doesn’t seem all that likely that the Magic will retain him.

So, it certainly stands to reason that Orlando could trade him by the deadline, and the Pelicans, a team in desperate need of some scoring from its reserves, are an obvious potential landing spot.

Ross, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Washington, was originally selected by the Toronto Raptors with the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.

His athleticism and his ability to get hot from downtown was always tantalizing, but Ross was never able to develop any sort of consistency in Toronto and ended up being demoted to the bench in his fourth season.

The Raptors then traded him to Orlando in a deal that sent big man Serge Ibaka to Toronto in February 2017.

Ross owns career averages of 9.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while making 42.3 percent of his field-goal attempts, 37.3 percent of his long-distance tries and 80.2 percent of his foul shots.