11-Year Veteran Wing Bought Out, Frontrunner Named To Sign Him

After seemingly years of having him on the trade block, the Orlando Magic are finalizing a buyout for 11-year veteran wing Terrence Ross. And there already appears to be a team ready to pounce. 

 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Dallas Mavericks are the frontrunner to sign Ross on the free agent market. The Mavs traded away a crucial wing player in Dorian Finney-Smith in their deal to land Kyrie Irving. Ross, however, won't provide the stout defense on the perimeter that Finney-Smith did. 

But T-Ross can replace the perimeter shooting, as he's having a strong year from distance, hitting on 38% of this threes (he's a career 36.2% mark from outside). Overall, however, Ross is averaging 8.0 points and 2.0 rebounds this season, his lowest marks since his rookie year. 

He was earning $11.5M on his expiring contract this season, but will likely have to give some back on the buyout. The most the Mavericks can offer is the veteran's minimum, prorated for the rest of the season.

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