Lakers Trade Rumors: Terrence Ross Eyed by LA Ahead of NBA Deadline

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 25, 2021

Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross celebrates after scoring a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly emerged as a suitor for Terrence Ross leading up to the NBA trade deadline.

On ESPN's First Take (h/t NBA Central), Brian Windhorst said to "keep an eye" on the Lakers as a landing spot if the Orlando Magic move Ross. 

Amid a series of injuries that have thrown their season completely off the rails, the Magic have waived the white flag on this season and are looking at a long-term rebuild. 

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Orlando has already agreed to trade Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Chicago Bulls and a separate deal that will send Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics. 

Wojnarowski also reported the Magic are trading Aaron Gordon to the Denver Nuggets. 

Ross is probably the most valuable player Orlando still has left to move in a potential trade. The 30-year-old is averaging a career-high 16 points per game and is shooting 36 percent from three-point range in 36 appearances this season. 

The Lakers are dealing with their own injury issues. LeBron James has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering a sprained ankle in Saturday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Anthony Davis hasn't played since Feb. 14 because of calf and Achilles injuries. 

Ross would give Los Angeles a veteran scorer on the wing that head coach Frank Vogel could use as a starter or off the bench. He's also signed through the 2022-23 season with descending salaries of $12.5 million next year and $11.5 million in the final year of his deal.