Toronto Raptors Rumors
Part of the Blazers’ calculus in swapping Trent for Powell was projecting their former second-round pick’s next salary to average around $15 million annually, only for Trent to largely play backup minutes to McCollum. Powell’s number is expected to be around $20 million, according to league sources polled by B/R, yet he’s played as the Blazers’ third starting guard, capable of defending opposing small forwards.
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry on Trent: “Honestly, I think he’s gonna be a really good player. He’s a better shooter than I thought he was. He can really shoot the ball, and he makes tough shots… He’s a tough shot-maker. I think his confidence continues to build & we’re gonna need him to be that guy.”
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry on Siakam turnover: “He was about to make a pass and he decided to go. It happens. It’s a mistake that happened and it happens. It’s a tough situation but we can’t dwell on it. It is what it is. He double-dribbled and that was that.”
Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch: “Playing for this team means a lot to me. Me and my dad used to watch a lot of Toronto Raptors games growing up… This is a surreal moment for me. I can’t even put it into words. I’m so happy to be here right now.”
Josh Lewenberg: Birch said his cousin had a poster of Carter from the dunk contest on her wall as they were growing up. He also remembers supporting the Raptors through their post-VC struggles. “My dad used to always complain about the team, yell at the TV and stuff. And now I’m on the team.”