The Suns just signed Terrence Ross pending after he was bought out by the Orlando Magic. How does this move affect the race in the West?
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns have a made big move, signing wing player Terrence Ross to a deal that will enable him to join the roster by March 1 playoff eligibility date. The Mavs were the front-runners to sign Ross but the Suns ended up getting him in a huge victory for Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and company
What does the Terrence Ross signing do for the Suns?
Ross can be a solid 3-and-D option for the Durant-led team. The biggest question that the Suns had after trading for Kevin Durant was their lack of depth. Phoenix was just able to get another big piece with Ross.
Ross was arguably the best player on the buyout market. In most years, a buyout player doesn’t really contribute high minutes for a playoff team. Ross will end up paying high-caliber minutes for the Suns and will be very fruitful in those minutes. His 38 percent 3-point shooting from will help the Suns space the floor in a lot of good ways. Additionally, his defense will help them guard the elite wings in the West on their way to a hypothetical Finals appearance.
The Suns may have promised Ross a starting spot in the rotation to make sure he signed with the Suns but now Phoenix has eight solid players in their with Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Terrence Ross/Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton, and a bench of Terrance Ross/Torrey Craig, Cameron Payne, and T.J Warren. The Suns need one or two more rotational pieces to complete their team but there are still plenty of options on the market.
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