The Toronto Raptors will eventually choose to retain Kyle Lowry’s services for the rest of the season. However, on the last day of the trade, they were very active, trading Norman Powell, Matt Thomas and Terence Davis on Thursday.
In addition, according to information reported by multiple media including ESPN, Powell was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood.
The 27-year-old point guard was the best year of his career, averaging 19.6 points per game and 44% from three-pointers. More than a dozen teams are also interested in obtaining his services.
Powell spent his entire career with the Raptors, who purchased him from the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Although Powell has a $11.6 million option in the contract for the 2021-22 season, Powell is expected to give up this freedom this summer and try his luck in the free agent market.
Trent is a 22-year-old young winger with a style similar to Powell. In 41 games with the Trail Blazers this season, he averaged 15 points per game. This summer, he can become a paid free agent.
At the same time, Hood is a 28-year-old veteran who has a good three-pointer percentage. However, his season was difficult, averaging 4.7 points per game.
According to ESPN, the Raptors also traded point guards Matt Thomas and Terrence Davis for second-round picks. The former will join the Utah Jazz, while the latter will move to the Sacramento Kings.
The biggest deal of the day was to send Orlando All-Star Nickla Uchevic to the Chicago Bulls.
The center has successfully averaged 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this year. It also shows 40.6% of the efficiency of the three-point line.
Al-Farouq Aminu will also go to Chicago. In return, the Magic won Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and first-round picks in 2021 and 2023.
The Miami Heat also suffered a huge blow, acquiring Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olink and the 2022 first-round pick.