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Gary Trent Jr. says being traded by Portland to Toronto 23 years after father ‘was destined’

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When the Portland Trail Blazers dealt Gary Trent Jr. to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday in exchange for Norman Powell, the move came just 23 years after his father, Gary Trent Sr., was traded from the Blazers to the Raptors.

Just like Dad, Trent Jr. was shipped to Toronto in his third NBA season after just 41 games.

It’s honestly eerie when you think about it.

In Trent Jr.’s first interview with Toronto media on Friday, the 22-year-old guard was asked about the Blazers/Raptors swap that resulted in a wild coincidence with his father who was traded at the NBA deadline in 1998.

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“Man, it’s surreal. It’s crazy,” You can’t put it into words,” Trent Jr. said. “When I seen the stat, my dad actually sent it to me, it was wild. It’s stuff you can’t put into words. It almost seems like it was written already in a sense. Like it was destined, it was supposed to happen. It’s crazy though.”

 

At the time of the trade, Trent Sr., who was 23, averaged 11.5 points per game for the Blazers. The 22-year-old Trent Jr. was having the best season of his career prior to the trade. 

Player

Minutes

Points

Rebounds

Assists

FG%

Trent Sr. (1998)

24.5

11.5

5.7

1.4

49.3

Trent Jr. (2021)

30.8

15

2.2

1.4

41.4

Luckily, Trent Jr. was able to find some comfort in what has been a crazy 24 hours. He says Trent Sr. shared stories of his basketball experiences in Toronto and what it was like to live in the Canadian city.

“He gave me a lot of great stories,” Trent Jr. said. “Just talking about the city in itself. Said it was beautiful, one of the most international cities in the world, food is amazing, the vibe is amazing, the fans are amazing. So, I’ve heard nothing but positive things about it and I’m so glad, so fortunate that I have the opportunity to play for this organization.”

For now, Trent Jr. will get acquainted with living in Tampa. The Raptors are playing all home games in Florida at Amalie Arena throughout the 2020-21 season, citing border restrictions and safety due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trent Jr. made his Raptors debut and got the start on Friday night as Toronto fell 104-100 to the Phoenix Suns. He’ll be reunited with his old teammates on Sunday as the Trail Blazers take on the Raptors at 4:00 p.m. PT.