May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) and guard Terrence Ross (31) react after a foul call near the end of game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Toronto Raptors to use Terrence Ross as trade chip

The Toronto Raptors were one of the biggest surprises of the NBA season.

For the first time since losing power forward Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat, the Raptors returned to the postseason. They finished with a record of 48-34, winning the Atlantic Division and clinching home court advantage in the first round of playoffs. Unfortunately for the Raptors, that advantage did not give them a series win. They were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets in seven games, losing the final game on the home floor, 104-103.

Now, the Raptors have a few big decisions to make – they must find a way to re-sign point guard Kyle Lowry and still improve their team. To do that, they need to find a valuable piece to use as a trade chip.

According to Doug Smith of The Toronto Star, Terrence Ross could be that trade chip.

I don’t know specifically about Kidd-Gilchrist but I will say this: I think Ross is a chip that Masai might want to put in play over the summer and in the time leading up to the draft. Very skilled kid who has shown flashes but on this current Toronto roster, he’d be the one I’d see what I could get for as part of a larger package, perhaps taking back salary from the cap space in a transaction.

Ross averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game for the Raptors this season, but averaged just 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds 0.3 assists per game during the postseason.

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