Blazers looking to add shooting power

Media reports have Trent, Jr., and Hood going to Toronto for Norman Powell
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All the social media chatter about what elements the Portland Trail Blazers need to acquire to make a playoff run got an unusual response from the team in the form of another guard.

The Blazers are aquiring some extra backcourt help for Damian Lillard in the form of Norman Powell, according to media reports.

Most fans were looking for the Blazers to add frontcourt help, but the team moved in a different route in the form of trading Gary Trent, Jr., and Rodney Hood for Powell.

Powell, in his fifth year, is averaging a career-high 19.6 points this season with 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He will join a backcourt that features Lillard, who’s playing at an MVP level by averaging 30.1 points per game, and C.J McCollum, who is averaging 23.8 points, but has missed two months of the season due to injury.

Powell is shooting a career-best 43.9 percent on 3-pointers. He is expected to decline the $11.6 million option on his deal this offseason and become an unrestricted free agent.

Trent Jr. is averaging 15.0 points and 2.2 rebounds over 41 games during his third season in the NBA. Hood is averaging a career-low 4.7 points over 38 games with Portland.