Former Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell appears to be heading for a massive raise this summer.

The 28-year-old soon-to-be free agent will reportedly turn down his $11.6 million player option and test the open market this season after spending his 2020-21 campaign with the Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers, according to Yahoo's Chris Haynes.

Despite so much uncertainty surrounding Portland's future and Damian Lillard's long-term commitment to the organization, the Trail Blazers are widely expected to re-sign Powell, according to both Haynes and The Athletic's John Hollinger.

Powell averaged a career-high 18.6 points on 47.7% shooting and an astonishing 41.1% three-point shooting. Even as a somewhat one-dimensional player, he is certainly one of the league's best pure scorers and should get paid accordingly this summer.

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If Powell doesn't return to Portland, he's expected to have multiple other suitors, Haynes reported.

Powell spent the first five and a half seasons with the Raptors before Toronto moved him at the 2021 trade deadline for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood.

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