The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans are in trade talks to potentially swap Terrence Ross and Solomon Hill.
In the trade discussions, the Orlando Magic would send Terrence Ross to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Solomon Hill and a Protected 2019 1st-Round Pick.
This potential deal is not a surprise.
Sporting News Sean Deveney first reported the potential move.
One of the teams most eager to move its first-rounder along for immediate help is the Pelicans, who have won two straight games as they’ve gotten Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic back from injury but are still desperate for small forward help.
A source told SN that the Pels made a pitch for small forward Kelly Oubre before Washington traded him to Phoenix, and New Orleans has continued to look for a starting-quality wing.
The Pelicans have shown interest in Orlando small forward Terrence Ross, who has had a career year, but is a free agent this summer and uncertain to re-sign with the Magic.
Ross is surely living his best life, too.
Worth noting: On Saturday night, Ross scored 25 points to lead the Magic, to a 105-103 victory over the Boston Celtics at Amway Center.
Ross got 18 of his points in the half, hitting 6 of his 13 shots. “Terrence Ross changed the whole game,” said Boston Celtics head coach, Brad Stevens.
“When a guy catches fire you’ve got to slow him down.”
Ross and the Magic snapped a four-game losing streak in the win.
Ross, 27, is living his best life this season. The 6’7 swingman is averaging 13.3 points and 3.1 rebounds over 25.7 minutes per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Terrence Ross is in the final year of his contract with the Orlando Magic.
Logistically, the deal does make practical sense as he will be an unrestricted free agent over the summer.
Also worth noting: The Orlando Magic’s long-term plans for Ross are not known.
Solomon Hill is averaging 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds over his previous 10 games.
Per Orlando Magic Daily’s Philip Rossman-Reich, Hill‘s salary matches and he has one year left on his deal at a little more than $12 million.
Hill will get the nod as a starter on Sunday for the Pelicans against the Miami Heat.