Much of the personal detail was made with Powell’s impending free agency this summer in mind. “We have a very brief time to make a strong and lasting impression on Norman,” said Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations. “That doesn’t just mean on the basketball court, but also for life off the court for himself and his family.”
In the same vein as Houston’s Victor Oladipo, the Knicks don’t wish to give up first-round picks for the 27-year-old Powell as a rental and would prefer assurances he would re-sign if they make a move. However, league sources contend the Pacers are willing to overpay Powell in free agency and perhaps outbid the field.
If they don't, why wouldn't Philly turn its attention to Powell? Powell is a borderline lock to decline his $11 million player option for next season, raising a pressing dilemma for the Raptors. Powell is going to get capital-P paid; executives expect a $20 million annual salary.
Do the Raptors want to pay him -- making him their fourth high-salaried player going forward? Maybe. They could always try to sign-and-trade him, but that requires Powell's cooperation. Powell is not a playmaker/organizer like Lowry, and maybe that is the skill set Philly craves given Ben Simmons' limitations in crunch time. He's a worse defender than both Lowry and Green. But Powell is clearly reaching a new level as a scorer. His Bird rights have real value.
May 9, 2021 | 9:02 pm EDT Update
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic got ejected vs. Cavs — flagrant 2 for “an aggressive strike to the groin area” of Collin Sexton. That does not count toward Doncic’s technical total, so it won’t trigger an automatic one-game suspension.
James Ham: According to Luke Walton, he is going to play this season out with the team still mathematically in the postseason chase. He sees value in the team going through the process. Once they are eliminated, they will reassess.
Jason Anderson: Kings coach Luke Walton acknowledges Harrison Barnes (adductor) and De’Aaron Fox (health and safety protocols) might not return this season “if it doesn’t make sense” as the season winds down.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kawhi Leonard said he has to get used to shooting with banged up hand. Asked about his ankle, Kawhi said, “Ankle’s good, it’s just more of me falling on my hand. Second, third play of the game, it’s frustrating, but other than that, I’m good. I’ve been through worse situations”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Andy Miller is joining @Klutch Sports to lead new division of representation for NBA coaches and management, CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN. Miller, an ex-player agent responsible for negotiating $2 billion-plus in deals, reps LAC’s Chauncey Billups, Toronto’s Nick Nurse, among others.
May 9, 2021 | 8:34 pm EDT Update
Duane Rankin: Frank Vogel said although it “looks unlikely” that #Lakers will reach top six to avoid play-in tournament, but is looking to give themselves “a chance” to do it. Losing to #Suns tonight certainly won’t help their cause. Talon Horton-Tucker (calf) game-time decision.
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel says Alex Caruso will play even though his foot is sore. Praises a “gritty, gutty effort” against Portland guarding Damian Lillard and scoring a season high 18 points, says he was “exceptional” against Portland.