Report: Trail Blazers' Powell declining $11.6M player option to become UFA

Portland Trail Blazers forward Norman Powell, left, drives to the basket on Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic, right, during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore., Saturday, May 29, 2021. The Blazers won 1115-95. (Steve Dykes/AP)

Portland Trail Blazers guard Norman Powell is declining his $11.6-million player option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Haynes reports the Trail Blazers are making re-signing the 28-year-old a top priority, however, he is also expected to have multiple suitors.

Powell, who was sent to Portland from the Toronto Raptors in a mid-season swap for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood, is coming off the best season his six-year career, averaging 18.6 points per game and shooting 41.1 per cent from three.

Powell, per Haynes, is expected to received a considerable raise and a multi-year deal.

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