NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Eye Terrence Ross; Magic's Bamba, Hampton May Be Available

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 21, 2022

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Despite the recent winning streak, the Orlando Magic could be active sellers in the trade market.

Orlando won six games in a row before falling to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, although the squad is still low in the standings with an 11-21 record. It could force the team to trade away some players who aren't likely to be part of the main core going forward.

According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, veteran Terrence Ross has "long garnered interest from the Los Angeles Lakers," while the New York Knicks have also showed interest in the past.

R.J. Hampton is also considered a "strong Orlando trade candidate," while Mo Bamba is the team's "greatest trade chip," per Fischer.

The Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets are considered potential options for Bamba.

Bamba was the No. 6 pick of the 2018 draft and has showed plenty of upside in his career, especially on the defensive end with 1.4 career blocks per game. Last year, the seven-footer led the Magic with 2.7 defensive win shares and ranked second with 4.5 win shares overall, per Basketball Reference.

His average of 15.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per 36 minutes showed his potential when given the opportunity, leading to a two-year, $20.6 million contract extension last offseason.

However, he has struggled to put it all together on a consistent basis and has become expendable with the emergence of Bol Bol. With Wendell Carter also in the frontcourt and Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner thriving at the forward spots, the Magic could easily move Bamba.

Considering the 24-year-old has a non-guaranteed contract for next season, it could also be a low-risk, high-upside move for another team to acquire the big man.

Hampton could have similar appeal after the Magic declined his fourth-year option, making the guard a free agent next offseason. The 2020 first-round pick is averaging just 6.5 points and 1.5 assists per game this season off the bench, and he remains behind Jalen Suggs, Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony in the pecking order when everyone is healthy.

The guard depth also allows the team to deal away Ross, the only player over 30 in the regular rotation. The 31-year-old is averaging 8.3 points per game this season and is just two years removed from scoring 15.6 points per game for Orlando.

As a pending free agent, Ross could be a valuable depth piece for a contender going forward this season without hurting payroll flexibility.