NBA Rumor: Norman Powell Free Agency

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The Blazers’ top free agent priority is re-signing Norman Powell, whom they acquired at last season’s trade deadline. The emphasis on retaining Powell comes from data that shows the starting lineup of Lillard, McCollum, Powell, Covington and Jusuf Nurkic last season had the NBA’s fourth-best net rating among starters, behind Brooklyn, the Clippers and Philadelphia.

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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.
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July 30, 2021 | 9:44 pm EDT Update