Portland Trail Blazers’ Norman Powell told Yahoo Sports he will decline the player option on his 2021-2022 contract. This means the 28-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent in August.
Powell will have multiple suitors, with the Trail Blazers making re-signing the star guard a top priority, according to sources.
Powell came to Portland after the trade that sent Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood to the Toronto Raptors.
Since the Trail Blazers already have established guards in CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, he often had to play as a small forward instead of his natural position as a shooting guard.
Besides the possibility of a more lucrative deal, this could also be a reason why the former UCLA Bruin chose to become a free agent.
Powell was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2015 NBA Draft and then later traded to Toronto, where he won a championship in 2019. On March 27, 2021, Powell made his debut with the Trail Blazers against the Orlando Magic.
In the 2020-2021 season, Powell scored a career-high 43 points in a game against the Detroit Pistons.