Trail Blazers looking forward to what Norman Powell "can do defensively on the perimeter"

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Blazers looking forward to what Norman Powell "can do defensively on the perimeter" originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

It's official. 

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired six-year shooting guard Norman Powell from the Toronto Raptors in deal for guard Gary Trent Jr. and wing Rodney Hood, as was announced by the Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey Thursday afternoon.

Powell is averaging a career best in points per game at just under 20, a career best in threes per game with just under three a game, and a career best in three-point shooting at 43.9 percent.

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The 27-year-old was having a breakout year for the Raptors and the Trail Blazers are looking forward to sliding the 6’3” guard into the rotation.  

While scoring a career-high 19.6 points per game and starting in 31 games for the Raptors, Powell will now look to add a scoring punch to the Blazers, either off the bench or in the starting lineup.

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As the Blazers prepared to take on the Miami Heat Thursday night, Coach Stotts gave his thoughts on bringing in Powell and he had plenty of positives to discuss.

He’s a really good two-way player and it’s kind of what we need. Obviously, his shooting numbers speak for themselves, but what he can do defensively on the perimeter is something that we really need and value.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

“He’s going to have a major role with our team,” Coach Stotts added.

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As for Powell being inserted into the starting lineup with Coach Stotts possibly going with a three-guard look, Stotts says, “we haven’t got that far yet.”

Powell and Coach Stotts have yet to have a conversation either.

The hope is that Powell could join the team as early as Friday in Orlando, but there is no official word on when Powell will be available. 

But, there’s no doubt that Powell will earn considerable minutes whether he starts or comes off the bench in place of Trent Jr.

Coach Stotts also took time to mention his former players. 

Losing Rodney and Gary is tough. They’ve been with us for over two years. They’re great guys, great players, great teammates, and we’re going to miss having them around… It’s tough to lose those guys.

Terry Stotts

NBA trade deadline day is always an emotional one.

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