NBA Free Agency tipped off at 3:00pm PT Monday.
Rip City was closely monitoring any and all reports surrounding the Trail Blazers, specifically when it came to Norman Powell.
And now the wait is over.
Powell was expected to sign with the Blazers and it was known that Portland was doing all they could to get him back.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Powell returns to the Blazers agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal.
The focus for the Blazers this offseason had been keeping Powell in Portland. He turned down his $11.6 million player option for the 2021-’22 season to take a rightful pay raise. Powell is coming off an impressive season with a career average of 18.6 points on 47.7% shooting and 39.9% from the three-point line.
The question was -- how much would Powell get paid? Now we know. The reported deal is fully guaranteed, worth $18 million per year.
The 28-year-old guard established himself as the third offensive player next to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum after he was inserted into the starting lineup at the small forward position instead of Derrick Jones Jr. Powell quickly became one of the team’s primary perimeter defenders at times next to Robert Covington.
Almost instantly, his teammates lauded the decision.
The Blazers starting small forward arrived in Portland via a mid-season trade with the Toronto Raptors in February. Powell along with Carmelo Anthony, Zach Collins, and Enes Kanter were the notable Blazers free agents heading into this offseason.