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Portland Blazers’ Norman Powell to decline 2021-22 player option

Portland Trail Blazers swingman Norman Powell told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday he will decline his player option for the 2021-22 season and become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 1.

The option is worth $11.6 million. However, Powell is looking for a raise and a multi-year deal after averaging 18.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 69 games last season with the Toronto Raptors and Blazers.

Powell, 28, shot a career-best 41.1 percent from 3-point range in 2020-21, making a career-high 171 shots from behind the arc.

Toronto traded him to Portland on March 25 in exchange for Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr.

Powell, a second-round pick in 2015 and an NBA champion with the Raptors in 2019, has averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 376 career games (147 starts).

–Field Level Media