Mavericks Projected to Sign Key Free Agent for Wing Depth

Could Terrence Ross be the answer to one of the Mavericks' lingering issues this season?

May 7, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Terrence Ross (8) against the Denver Nuggets
May 7, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Terrence Ross (8) against the Denver Nuggets / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are off to a terrific start to the season, sitting at No. 4 in the Western Conference after a great win over the Los Angeles Lakers. But fans have no false illusions that this team is perfect, and it's clear that Dallas needs to be proactive in making sure they're continuing to do everything they can to compete in the West.

That's why the issue of wing depth is at the top of fans' minds, and why this projected free-agent signing makes so much sense.

Mavericks Rumors: Best Landing Spot for Terrence Ross?

Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report projects the Dallas Mavericks as the best landing spot for free agent wing Terrence Ross.

The 32-year-old Ross isn't a starting-level player like he once was, but he's not exactly washed, either.

He averaged 14.1 points, 4.2 boards and, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game last year across his time with the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns, and there’s a reason the Suns brought him in to chase a championship.

Ross is a strong defender who has enough of a 3-point shot that you can’t ignore him in the corner on offense (36.8% from 3-point range last year, including 43.7% from the corner). That prototypical 3-and-D play, combined with the veteran leadership developed over his 11 years as a pro, makes him an ideal candidate as a depth option on the wing.

That’s also an area where the Mavs could use some help. Seth Curry is shooting an uncharacteristically bad 26.7% from 3-point range, and he is nowhere near a good enough defender to be worth having on the floor when his shot isn’t going.

The closer we get to the playoffs, the more competition the Mavs will face if they want to sign Ross. He's going to be a popular name with contenders, and that means Dallas would be wise to act quickly if they want to secure his services for the year.

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