After signing Jonas Valanciunas to a contract extension, the Toronto Raptors were looking to add few more names in their roster. The franchise’s general manager Masai Ujiri earlier revealed that they are eyeing a contract extension of Terrence Ross. Talks where held too by both parties over the issue.
But latest rumors suggest that the potential extension is unlikely.
Ross and Valanciunas are two potential Raptors’ eligible for long-term contract extension, as both are entering the final year of their rookie-scale contract. Valanciunas’ deal was ratified early as the 22-year-old has proved his mettle as a promising star-center with rooms for development.
Terrence Ross’ case
The prime question on which Ross’ case is hanging, is how much the Raptors’ think-tank really value his potentials? How much faith they have on the 21-year-old?
There are also rumors that Raptors are interested in Markieff Morris if the Suns finally decide to trade him.
Well, they have roped in a big-name in the form of DeMarre Carroll from the free-agent market this offseason. This threw Ross’ future at Toronto into dire uncertainty. Terrence Ross started 61 games last season for Toronto. He averaged 9.8 points in more than 25 minutes per game while shooting 41 percent from the field and 37 percent from three. Ross was a first round pick,(8th overall) of Toronto during 2012 NBA draft. He’s been a performer for the team since then and had his best season in 2013-2014.
24-year-old Ross has a very high ceiling, but till this point of his career he hasn’t matched that ceiling.
But, what’s unfortunate for Ross, is that he’s been replaced by a much better player. Ross, if recruited finally, will be pushed to the bench due to Carroll’s presence. Things can only go Ross’ way if the Raptors’ management view Ross as a potential fortune-turner coming off the bench. At the moment, this appears bit far from reality.