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Report: 'Multiple teams' linked to Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell ahead of trade deadline

Kyle Lowry isn't the only player on the Toronto Raptors being mentioned in rumours ahead of the trade deadline on March 25.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Norman Powell is expected to draw interest from "multiple teams." Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer added that the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks have "all been linked to Powell discussions."

Powell has one more year remaining in his current contract, but it's a player option worth $11.6 million that he is expected to decline to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, executives expect a "$20 million annual salary" for Powell on his next contract.

A team would acquire Powell's Bird Rights in a trade with the Raptors, which would allow them to go over the cap to re-sign him.

The Raptors selected Powell with the No. 46 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Now in his sixth season with the franchise, he's averaging a career-best 19.6 points per game on 49.6 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent from 3-point range.

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Powell isn't far removed from the highest scoring game of his career, putting up 43 points in Toronto's loss to the Detroit Pistons on March 17.

Currently, on an eight-game losing streak, the Raptors sit at 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 17-25 record. They have two more games remaining before this season's trade deadline - a matchup with the Houston Rockets on Monday, March 22, followed by one with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 24.

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