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Ross' summer struggles lead to Fields, Lucas signings

The Sports Xchange

In the end, the Raptors' actions spoke louder than their words when it came to assessing top pick Terrence Ross' performance in the Las Vegas Summer League.

"He's been our hardest worker," coach Dwane Casey said of Ross, the No. 8 overall pick in the June draft, shortly after the Raptors' young squad got settled into the Nevada desert.

But hard work didn't translate into much success against the pros. Ross shot just 37.1 percent and missed 18 of his 24 3-point attempts in five summer-league games.

Perhaps most telling about the shooting guard's performance was this: By the time the Raptors returned to Toronto, they had acquired two additional guards who figure to cut significantly into Ross' playing time this season.

The big signing was Landry Fields, who was coaxed from the Knicks at a hefty price ($20 million over three years).

The Raptors went into the offseason talking about upgrading their offense. The drafting of Ross, an exceptionally talented scorer at the University of Washington, was consistent with that thinking.

Fields, on the other hand, is a defensive specialist. He doesn't fit the mold spelled out in the summer game plan. Or at least the club's initial plan.

Mix in the addition of John Lucas III and let's just say it hasn't been the summer Ross -- or the Raptors -- had envisioned.

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