Denver Nuggets: Pass or pursue on three rumored NBA trade deadline targets

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Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris, Orlando Magic: Terrence Ross
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Should the Denver Nuggets pass on or pursue rumored trade target Terrence Ross?

Looking to shore up their scoring efforts in the second unit, the Denver Nuggets are reportedly checking in on the availability of one of the better bench players in the league.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that the Nuggets “have inquired” about backup guard Terrence Ross from the Orlando Magic. Primarily coming off the bench for Orlando, Ross is currently having another solid season, averaging 15.5 points on .410/.344/.900 shooting splits, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.

Numbers like that could certainly help a Denver team whose bench is among their weakest points, particularly on the offensive end. The Nuggets’ reserves contribute just 33.9 points per game this season, the 21st lowest amount in the league. Needing a scoring boost off the bench, bringing in a spark like Terrence Ross before the trade deadline would be a fantastic move for this team.

The financial specifics are where things could get tricky for Denver, as Ross has three years left on his four-year deal worth $54 million. With an annual salary of $13.5 million, the Nuggets would have to pull some strings to get a deal done, including adding some draft capital. Still, this deal is worth pursuing if the Orlando Magic are indeed taking calls.

The Verdict: Pursue

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