Norman Powell arrived in Portland via a mid-season trade with the Toronto Raptors just four months ago. Just as quickly as he arrived, he is planning to hit the free-agent market.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Powell plans to decline his $11.6M player option and enter the free-agent pool.
Powell averaged 18.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game last season, the best season of his career. In 27 games with the Blazers, he averaged 17.0 points per game and was a key part of the success the Blazers found with the three-guard lineup when Powell got the start at small forward.
For the Blazers, re-signing Powell will likely be priority number one this offseason. The team gave up a good young prospect in Gary Trent Jr. to obtain Powell, and Powell proved over the second half of the season that he can help this team win. Losing Trent to acquire Powell was not an easy move to make, but it becomes incredibly hard to swallow should Powell leave in free agency.
The Blazers will have plenty of competition for Powell, as he will be one of the best guards available on the market.
It's clear Powell will be in line to make far more than the $11.6M he is walking away from. How much more remains to be seen.