For Portland Trail Blazer fans, the addition of shooting guard Norman Powell has been celebrated.
Yes, Rip City does miss Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr., but what Powell brings to the Blazers offense is exactly what the team was looking for.
Powell is averaging nearly 20 points per game on 50% shooting from the field, 44% from the three-point arc, and shooting 90% from the free-throw line in his best season so far.
Oh, and the Blazers are 2-0 since acquiring him.
A good trade-off so far if we are being honest.
Of course, we are happy about Powell being in Portland, but what about how he felt about the whole thing? He won a championship in Toronto and has played his whole career there.
A trade to another team can be a tough pill to swallow.
Thankfully, Powell himself gave us a little insight into the whole process.
In a feature piece with The Players’ Tribune, Powell wanted to send a thank you to the Raptors organization and the fanbase.
In the piece, Powell was candid about being traded to Portland. Basically saying that he was ‘shocked that he was traded altogether.
Powell then explained that he thought him and his teammates were going to be the next great Raptor team. But business is business in the NBA.
“Me, Freddy, Pascal, we all kind of came up together, Powell said. “We’re all about the same age. We’re thick as thieves, man. And I really felt like our group, plus OG, we were destined to be the next great Raptors team.
It's hard for any player to move onto another team when you have spent your career there so far.
So its very understanding where Powell is coming from is fair.
Powell may miss Toronto, but he should know that the fans here at Rip City love having him in Portland.
You can check out his featured piece here.