With hours until the NBA trade deadline, the Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors have reportedly agreed on a deal.
The Trail Blazers are sending Gary Trent and Rodney Hood to Toronto for 6’3” shooting guard Norman Powell, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Toronto has traded Norm Powell to Portland for Gary Trent and Rodney Hood, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
Powell is having a career scoring season.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the newest Trail Blazer:
2020-21 Season Stats: 19.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Current Contract: In the third year of a 4-year, $42M contract with next season being a player-option. On the books for $10.8M this season.
Some may turn their nose up at adding another bench guard to the rotation, but his production for just $10M is unmatched.
Portland just got a shooter.
Out of 64 NBA players that have tried at least 200 3s this season, Norman Powell currently ranks 3rd in 3P%.
He’s made 43.9% of 269 attempts from beyond the arc this year.
Only Joe Ingles and Joe Harris have been more accurate this season. pic.twitter.com/nhcKgBDnMQ
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) March 25, 2021
He is making the same amount as Rodney Hood, while Hood has averaged 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 38 games this season.
But the big loss for Portland is the promising future of Gary Trent Jr., who was averaging 15.0 points and 2.2 rebounds this season, after becoming a fan favorite last year.
His teammates have already tweeted out about losing him to Toronto.
*This story is developing.