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Masai Ujiri: Raptors have talked contract extension with Terrence Ross

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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 18: Terrence Ross #31 of the Toronto Raptors defends against the Washington Wizards in Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Air Canada Centre on April 18, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Wizards defeated the Raptors 93-86 to take a 1-0 series lead. NOTE TO USER: user expressly acknowledges and agrees by downloading this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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The Raptors signed Jonas Valanciunas to a contract extension.

Now, they turn to their other player eligible for a rookie-scale extension – Terrence Ross.

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:

How much do the Raptors value Ross? They just signed DeMarre Carroll to push Ross from the starting lineup. I doubt they’ll invest heavily in Ross at this point.

Ross regressed last year after making nice progress in his second season. He shot worse, still did a woeful job getting to the free-throw line and again suffered too many defensive breakdowns.

For the second straight year, Ross was terrible in the playoffs. That can be attributed to a small sample, but there’s no way to spin it as a positive.

Ross underwent offseason ankle surgery. Toronto should know better than me whether a lingering injury excuses some of his struggles or there are concerns about Ross’ athleticism going forward – or both.

Still, Ross is just 24 and talented. If he’ll accept a smaller extension in exchange for security, this might be the right time to buy low on him.

Many teams fall into the trap of paying a player based on the optimistic projection of his future. As long as the Raptors focus on a realistic projection, they’ll be OK.

I doubt that number would please Ross. But it doesn’t hurt to ask.