The Orlando Magic are expected to see a bit of roster turnaround in the coming weeks, as they hold the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and have plenty of cap room to work with. They are already looking to free up cap space with one possible move.
Scotto added that the Magic were inquiring for at least a first-round pick in exchange for Ross ahead of last season’s NBA trade deadline. Now, rival teams are “hoping” that the Magic will budge a bit and lower their trade demand for him to a pair of second-round draft picks.
Ross, who has one year remaining on his contract, was linked with multiple teams before the trade deadline. For one, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly expressed interest in trading for the versatile guard, while the Los Angeles Lakers also were in the rumor mill with him as well. However, there was some doubt over the Lakers having any desire to part ways with guard Talen Horton-Tucker and a first-round pick in order to acquire him.
Ross was unsure about his future in Orlando over the season. The veteran guard did note in April that he did not “know what they’ve got in store for me.” He ended up staying on the roster for the remainder of the campaign, as the Magic opted to stay stern on their first-round pick asking price for him and also decided to not buy out his contract.
The 11th-year NBA veteran is coming off of a season where he posted a 10.0 points per game average in 63 games played. He was a healthy scratch in several contests, as Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley occasionally elected to instead provide crucial minutes to some of the team’s younger talents.
Overall, Ross will be owed $11.5 million over the upcoming new season.