The Toronto Raptors have traded Norman Powell.
The Raptors are sending Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood.
Welcome to the family, @gtrentjr & @rodneyhood. #WeTheNorth- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 25, 2021
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Who is Trent Jr.? Let's take a closer look.
Trent Jr. was born on Jan. 18, 1999 in Columbus, Ohio.
He attended high school at Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota before transferring to Prolific Prep Academy in Napa, California for his senior year.
A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Trent Jr. received offers from a number of schools, including Arizona and UCLA. He commited to Duke University, where he teamed up with Grayson Allen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III.
As a freshman, Trent Jr. started in 37 games and averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists on 41.5 percent shooting from the field and 40.2 percent from 3-point range.
Trent Jr. declared for the draft at the season's end.
"Gary was the best 3-point shooter in the ACC. At the NBA level, that's what they're looking for," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He has the size of a two-guard who will be able to fit in the NBA."
Trent Jr. was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 37 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He was soon traded to the Trail Blazers for cash and two second-round picks.
In 2018-19, Trent played in 15 games with the Blazers and six games in the G League with the Texas Legends. He had a more prominent role with the Blazers in 2019-20, breaking out in the Orlando bubble when he averaged 16.9 points on a scorching 50.7 percent shooting from 3-point range in the team's seeding games.
GARY TRENT JR has the most threes in the Bubble!- Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) August 7, 2020
27 PTS (7/10 3PT)
16 PTS (4/9 3PT)
21 PTS (7/11 3PT)
17 PTS (4/5 3PT)@gtrentjr | @trailblazers pic.twitter.com/mmxzhw5beb
Trent Jr. started in 23 of the 41 games he appeared in with the Blazers this season, averaging 15.0 points on 39.7 percent shooting from 3-point range.
He scored a season-high 28 points in Portland's win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 28, 2020.
Gary Trent Jr. dropped 28 points with seven 3s against LA this season 👀- TSN (@TSN_Sports) March 25, 2021
The newest Raptor can really shoot it! pic.twitter.com/9GaHbaEKTM
Trent Jr.'s father, Gary Trent, was the No. 11 pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. Fittingly, he also started his career with the Blazers and was also traded to the Raptors 41 games into his third season.
Trent Sr. played in only 13 games with the Raptors, seven of which he started in.
Both Gary Trent Jr and Sr started their careers in Portland and were traded to Toronto 41 games into their 3rd seasons. Here's hoping Jr sticks around for more than 13 games.- Dollar Tree Matt Thomas (@BigJohnPod) March 25, 2021
Trent Sr. ended up playing a total of 506 games in the NBA, averaging 8.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists.
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