The Toronto Raptors and Norman Powell are reportedly going their separate ways.
The Raps are sending the 27-year-old guard to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Gary Trent and Rodney Hood, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
He is averaging a career-best 19.6 points and 3.0 ebounds per game while shooting an efficient 49.8 per cent from the field so far this season. Powell averaged 16.0 points on 49.5 per cent shooting last season.
He also played a big part in picking up the offensive slack when the Raptors were hit hard by the league’s health and safety protocols earlier this month, scoring 30 or more points per game five times over an eight-game stretch.
Powell is in the third year of a four-year, $42 million deal he signed prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. He owns a player option for next season that will pay him about $11.6 million in 2021-22 if picked up.
He arrived in Toronto along with a first-round pick that eventually became OG Anunoby in a June 2015 trade with the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for point guard Greivis Vasquez.
Vasquez would go on to appear in just 23 games with the Bucks while Powell and Anunoby both played key supporting roles in Toronto’s championship run in 2019.
Powell was originally selected as a second-round pick (No. 46 overall) by Milwaukee out of UCLA.