Toronto Raptors Trade Norm Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers

The Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers have completed a deal that sees Norm Powell traded for Gary Trent Jr and Rodney Hood.

The long-time Raptor is having a great season, as he's averaging 19.6 points per game in 46 appearances. Powell has a player-option for just over $11.6 million for next season and you can bet he's going to decline the option to seek a more lucrative long-term contract.

The 27-year-old is as versatile as they come as he's able to guard multiple positions and can provide scoring both as a starter and off the bench. Powell also happens to be one of the nicest guys in the league that has worked his way for everything he's earned so it's a tough day for any Raptor fan watching him go.

As for the Raptors, they hit the reset button a touch as they battle to creep back into playoff position in the east. 

Interesting times for both franchises as the NBA's trade deadline has brought out some major moves. Look for Powell to have a huge impact on Portland the rest of the season and into the playoffs.

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