Portland, too, would be willing to part with its first-rounder to add depth to a roster that badly needs help in the backcourt and on the wing. The Trail Blazers could be a player for Ross or Simmons, too. But sources tell SN that they have expressed interest in another player expected to be made available for a first-round pick: Atlanta point guard Jeremy Lin.
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The Magic’s preference has been to trade Jonathon Simmons, who has struggled this season. Simmons is signed for next season, at $5.7 million, but only $1 million is guaranteed. Still, teams pushing for the postseason (like New Orleans) prefer Ross for a first-rounder. The Magic may have to budge on that if they want a pick.
Magic guard Jonathon Simmons is expected to enter the potential trade market this season, rival teams believe.
The Thunder have also called the Magic about wing Jonathon Simmons, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix. But multiple sources indicated that Simmons likely isn’t available, at least for anything the Thunder put on the table.
The Thunder — who never had any intention of trading Paul George — have canvassed the league in search of bench help. The need for a wing defender increased in the wake of Andre Roberson’s season-ending knee injury, and OKC has indeed done due diligence on Avery Bradley, Jonathon Simmons and any other wing defender it believes could be on the market.
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