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Terrence Ross excited for ‘biggest opportunity of my career’

Dec 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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Technically, the Raptors got Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes for Rudy Gay.

But Toronto also got a new spirit.

Without the shoot-first, do-little-else Gay, the Raptors have gone 3-1. They’re just clicking a little better. They might be playing with a little more passion, too.

Terrence Ross certainly is.

Landry Fields replaced Gay in the starting lineup in Toronto’s first game after the trade, but Ross had 11 points and two steals off the bench. He’s started the three games since, averaging 15.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.

Ross, via Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun:

“It’s an opportunity,” Ross said. “Probably the biggest opportunity of my career so I’m just taking advantage of it and making sure I capitalize on things.”

“I’m doing anything and everything to keep the position I have right now,” Ross said. “It’s not only about scoring. It’s about doing whatever you are asked and playing hard on defence and really not having any mental lapses.”

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This is why trading Gay was necessary.

Ross, 22, has shown flashes of brilliances in his two-year career. He’s also been unsteady.

The Raptors must figure out what they have in Ross, and this will give them a chance to do that.

If Ross plays well, he should set himself up as a key piece of their core. If he doesn’t, they will seek to add another wing player. The choice doesn’t need to reveal itself immediately, but it must become clear eventually.

At least Masai Ujiri will have the luxury of seeing Ross in a full opportunity and with full motivation, which should make the general manager’s assessment easier.

  1. kenken89k - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Wait I thought trading was all about tanking, and getting rid of the contract ……

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Probably what’s happening with the Celtics. When you got a bunch of NBA level talent that is excited to play night in night out, the results might surprise you.

      • zerole00 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        It’s not a bad position to be in as a player. The expectations are low (whether they want to admit it or not), so the only way to go is up. If anything, it’s an opportunity for them to either be a key piece in the rebuilding process, or it sets them up for a bigger contract when FA comes around.

  2. bucrightoff - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    The Raptors don’t have Brad Stevens as coach, they have Dwayne Casey aka the most inept coach in the NBA. He’ll keep them in the lottery sweepstakes.

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