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Norman Powell reflects on time with Raptors in emotional post: 'Toronto will always be in my heart'

Ahead of this season's trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors traded Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood.

The No. 46 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Powell spent the first five-and-a-half seasons of his NBA career with the Raptors. He helped the franchise win a title in 2019, played a huge role in the team's success last season and was one of Toronto's bright spots before he was traded this season.

That only scratches the surface of what Powell accomplished in his time with the franchise.

MORE: Powell's greatest moments with the Raptors

On Monday, Powell shared an emotional post on Instagram in which he thanked the Raptors organization for taking a chance on him, as well as the fans for all their love and support.

"Honestly words can't describe how thankful I am for the Toronto Raptors organization," Powell wrote. "You gave this kid from southeast San Diego a chance to fulfill a childhood dream of not only playing in the NBA but also winning a NBA Championship.

"From the moment I got out the car in Maple Leaf Square for my pre draft workout in 2015, I felt Toronto was the place for me. I'm truly going to miss the city, fans, my teammates and all the relationships I've built over the past 6 years. Thank you for embracing me and my Understand The Grind mentality as one of your own. The love and support never went unnoticed. I am grateful and blessed with many memories and experiences that I'll never forget. Toronto will always be in my heart.

"I'm looking forward to the next chapter and the journey ahead. - With immense love Stormin Norman ⛈...The Grind Continues #UTG"

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Powell has played in two games with the Trail Blazers since the trade. The first was historic, with his 22 points making for the highest midseason scoring debut in franchise history. His second came against his former team, helping Portland defeat Toronto with 13 points in 27 minutes of play.

Prior to his matchup with the Raptors, Powell talked about how emotional it would be playing against them, once again expressing his love and appreciation for Toronto.

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