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LA Clippers swingman Norman Powell came home to Los Angeles at the trade deadline, where he played just three games before being sidelined with a knee injury. After fighting to make a return before the season ended, Powell returned to the lineup for two final regular season games before the play-in tournament began. While the Clippers were ultimately eliminated in that play-in tournament, Powell's play in a Clippers uniform left much reason for optimism surrounding his fit alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

In a recent Instagram post, Powell reflected on what was a crazy season, writing, "Year 7 was a crazy one for me. Everything thrown at me injuries, Covid, personal family issues and another trade. Took everything on the chin and had great year. Excited for the future & being back home in LA with the [Clippers] great things to come."

While Powell never expected to be dealt back to Los Angeles, the 6-year veteran is excited to be back. In five games with the Clippers, Powell averaged 21.4 PPG on 50.8% from the field and 54.2% from deep. His pairing alongside Paul George looked elite in their limited time together, which leaves much reason for excitement surrounding the eventual trio of Powell, George, and Kawhi Leonard.

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