Terrence Ross is who you trade for when you’re running out of time and your mom is becoming impatient and yells at you to “just pick someone” while your out and you end up getting Ross, just because you had to get something. Ross isn’t good. He’s fine. He’s an upgrade over Dylan Windler but that’s about all.
See, the East doesn’t have an overabundance of teams who are out of the running already and have pieces that fit with the Cavs. Sure, we can do a think-piece on DeMar DeRozan or Zach LaVine, but neither guy really fits the Cavs. DeRozan can’t shoot threes, a need of the Cavs, and LaVine would cost far too much to add another playmaking guard to the squad with defensive liabilities.
So we’re left with guys like Ross, who, in theory, could provide a late-career surge for a playoff contender. He’s shooting fine, 41% from the floor, and 38% from three. Last year he shot just 29% from three, so the fear he could fall off again is there.
He’s also not a great defender. He’s better than Bojan Bogdanovic, but he’s worse than Gordon Hayward. He also doesn’t rebound as well as Hayward or play make, at all. If the Cavs are fed up with Cedi Osman (for whatever reason), or are in need of depth due to injury and guys like Carmelo Anthony aren’t affordable, Ross would be a fine piece, for the right price.