The Toronto Raptors had a busy offseason, and that activity has continued in the preseason. After re-signing Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka–as well as DeMar DeRozan last summer–the Raptors have reached a contract extension with Norman Powell.
The No. 46 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Powell has developed from an end of the bench player to one who could start for head coach Dwane Casey this season. A solid two-way player, Powell has emerged as a reliable 3-and-D contributor. At 24 years old, he is one of the core pieces for the Raptors’ future.
The four-year, $42 million extension begins with the 2018-19 season.
Powell has been a steady regular season performer, but he elevated his game during the 2016-17 playoffs, where he averaged 11.7 PPG and 44.1 percent shooting from three in nine games. The Raptors are signing Powell for what he will do in the future as opposed to what he has accomplished in the past. The market was set for this deal when the Miami Heat re-signed Josh Richardson–a similar player–to the same deal in September.
Powell’s rise allowed the Raptors to move on from DeMarre Carroll, who was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a salary dump. The Raptors originally plucked Carroll off the Atlanta Hawks’ 60-win team two years ago, but injuries hampered him during his Toronto tenure.
Powell has given the Raptors what they thought they were getting with Carroll. He should start alongside Lowry, DeRozan, Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas this season, where the Raptors will jockey with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics for supremacy in the East.
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