Ross has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Ross, who was traded to the Magic earlier in the week, was able to participate in the team's morning shootaround and reportedly passed his physical as expected, but it appears the Magic are going to let him get settled a bit before bringing him into the fold. The Magic are opting to start Jeff Green and Aaron Gordon at small forward and power forward, but after the All-Star break, there's a chance Ross pushes for a role in the team's starting lineup. Following the break, the next game for the Magic comes on Feb. 23 against the Trail Blazers.
Ross and Serge Ibaka, who were both traded for each other Tuesday, have both joined their new teams, but the pair will need to pass physicals until they receive clearance to play. It's possible that both could take care of that matter prior to tip off Wednesday, but if not, Ross' team debut won't come until after the All-Star break. Coach Frank Vogel said after shootaround that the Magic would likely use smaller lineups in future contests, which would be welcome news for Ross, who could settle into a starting role on the wing once he gets acclimated with his new team.
Ross was in the midst of one of his better seasons with the Raptors, averaging 10.4 points (on a career-best 44.1% shooting from the field) to go with 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.0 steal in 22.4 minutes per game. He'll give the Magic a much-needed perimeter threat and should be in store for a more sizable role than what he held down in Toronto as the team's sixth man. With Ibaka out of the picture, the Magic are apparently planning to reinstall Aaron Gordon as their starting power forward, according to Keith Smart of FanRag Sports, which will open up a starting role on the wing. Ross seems to be the leading candidate for those duties, as second-year player Mario Hezonja hasn't proven to be a capable shooter at the NBA level, while veteran Jeff Green is on the downside of his career.
Ross registered 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one block across 26 minutes in a 103-95 win over the Nets on Sunday.
With DeMar DeRozan (ankle) missing seven of the last eight contests, Ross has seen a slight bump in usage, and it's occasionally allowed him to deliver some big outings off the bench. However, it's been difficult to predict what Ross will provide on a given night, as he's supplied 17 points or more in three of those games, and six or fewer points in four contests. So long as owners in deep leagues are willing to deal with the peaks and valleys in his scoring, Ross should make for a decent source of points, three-pointers and rebounds while DeRozan is sidelined.
Ross scored 21 points (6-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-8 FT) while adding two blocks, a rebound and a steal in 30 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 108-106 loss to the Spurs.
DeMar DeRozan's absence due to an ankle injury forced Ross to step up after he's scored just 20 total points in his previous three games, and he responded with his first 20-plus point performance since late December. DeRozan will also miss Wednesday's game in Memphis, at the very least, making Ross a name to keep in mind when putting together your DFS rosters.
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