Terrence Ross is the buy-low target the 76ers need

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The Philadelphia 76ers are looking at options to improve their team as they approach the crux of the offseason. One target who’s been linked to Philadelphia for what feels like an eternity is not only available; his price has been revealed. The Orlando Magic are rumored to be shopping long-time target of the 76ers, Terrence Ross, who could possibly be had for multiple second-round picks in return. Many have connected Ross to the Sixers for years, and now may finally be the time Philadelphia strikes.

Last season, Terrence Ross had what can only be considered a down-year averaging 10 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Even more disappointing were Ross’ shooting splits last season, 39.7/29.2/86.2, but do those tell the story of who Terrence Ross is as a player? Not exactly.

At his core, Terrence Ross is lightning in a bottle personified. An athlete who can leap right out of the building. His shot isn’t perfect, but it’s traditionally far better than it was last season. Ross can and likely will perform at a higher level next season, assuming he’s in the right situation.

The 2021-22 season was a struggle for just about everyone associated with the Orlando Magic, especially Ross, as he and the franchise are, in the wing’s own words, “definitely in different spots.” It’s clear Ross isn’t happy being part of the youth movement in Orlando, and the team is still a number of years from competing at the level Ross hopes to.

Orlando has simply outgrown Ross as Ross has Orlando. The two no longer share the same path, and it’s clearly in everyone’s best interest to part ways. That’s where Daryl Morey and the Philadelphia 76ers come into the equation.

For Philadelphia, Ross may not check all the boxes, but he checks enough to make him worthwhile if Orlando is, in fact, willing to lower their asking price to two second-round picks. The Philadelphia 76ers are rumored to be shopping their own veteran wing Danny Green whose $10 million deal is a near-perfect match for Ross’ salary ($11.5 million). He can’t be the only move for Philadelphia this offseason, but if the Sixers have a chance to add Terrence Ross responsibly, they should certainly consider it.