Blazers Trade For Norman Powell

Jan 11, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Toronto Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell (24) drives to the basket while defended by Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. (2) during the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Blazers trade for Norman Powell in a deal that sends Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood to Toronto.

Powell is an established veteran who has spent his entire career in Toronto. Powell can add depth to an offense led by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. 

Portland is sitting at sixth in the Western Conference and is looking to make some noise in the playoffs. Toronto isn’t in the playoff picture and is trading away pieces and bringing in more young assets. Powell is having a career year and the Raptors knew they could get some real value in a trade

Trade For Powell Adds Finals Experience

Powell played a key role in the Raptors’ 2019 finals run and he is improving statistically every year since joining the team. The Blazers need experience and versatility off the bench.

Jun 13, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) is fouled by Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The Blazers trade for Norman Powell to add scoring when its two stars are not in the game. The Blazers are trying to take as much pressure off Lillard and McCollum as much as they can.

Powell is averaging close to 20 points per game and is expected to come and produce right away. Toronto also gets a young piece in Gary Trent that they could potentially build around.

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