After the Orlando Magic’s offseason strikes, it’s clear Terrence Ross is happy in regards to the crew’s future. What stays unclear is whether or not he’ll be part of it.
Ross’ future is unknown after he made it clear to the Orlando Sentinel and publicly that he’d wish to proceed his profession elsewhere — particularly on a contending crew.
Despite that, Ross stays in Orlando and is optimistic about what the Magic might obtain after their offseason strikes — drafting Paolo Banchero at No. 1 and Caleb Houstan within the second spherical (No. 32), signing Gary Harris to a contract extension and re-signing Mo Bamba and Bol Bol in free company.
The Magic additionally signed Kevon Harris to a two-way contract Monday and Admiral Schofield will return on a two-way deal.
“I feel like everything we didn’t have a season or two ago, we have,” Ross stated on The T. Ross Podcast. “Everything in bulk. I’m actually capturing in the midst of my exercise, not even speaking to the coaches or something, and simply in my head considering. And midway by way of, I’m like, ‘We could [expletive] go to the playoffs.’
“We have a lot to play for this year. That kind of got me hype. And then to see all the youth we have and they’re ready to go out the gate. It’s going to make me optimistic about what we can achieve this season and moving forward. Granted, I’m still with the team.”
Ross, the longest-tenured Magic participant having been in right here since February 2017, has an $11.5 million wage for 2022-23 — about $1 million greater than the non-taxpayer mid-level exception ($10.49 million).
Unless he indicators an extension, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent subsequent offseason.
Before the 2021-22 season ended, Ross instructed the Orlando Sentinel he had anticipated to be traded when the Magic dealt franchise mainstays Nikola Vučević, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier the earlier season to launch a rebuild centered round youthful expertise.
A deal for Ross hasn’t materialized and he’s completed the final two seasons in Orlando.
Ross doesn’t know if he’ll be moved earlier than the commerce deadline in February — the Magic’s final window to deal him earlier than his 4-year, $54 million contract expires.
“I don’t know how that’s going,” he added. “It’s all out of my arms. I’m in full darkness. I don’t know what’s occurring. I see the [general managers] day-after-day on the health club. Nothing’s out of the extraordinary. I might be right here for the rest of the season. I might be gone earlier than coaching camp. I don’t know what’s going to occur. I’m simply going to maintain specializing in the crew.
“Why not be ready? And who knows? If we have that Cinderella story — the season becomes special — there’s no telling what could happen.”
Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations, addressed Ross’ standing with the crew earlier within the offseason.
“The thing about [Terrence] is that he’s a true professional,” he stated. “He’s an excellent man. When we made all these trades final season, T type of obtained left holding the bag. We acknowledge that and have had discussions about that. T loves the Magic. He loves the locker room. Part of the event of our younger gamers, T can declare some duty for that. He’s only a good teammate and good skilled.
“Obviously, we’ll be exploring options with our whole roster. If Terrence Ross is on this team next year, I know he’ll embrace the opportunity to grow the young guys up and show the league he can still play. Conversations are always ongoing league-wide.”