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Trent Jr. Details how Deadline Day Unfolded

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Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. spoke with The Athletic’s Eric Koreen about his departure from the Trail Blazers.

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Gary Trent Jr. has appeared in five games with the Raptors since his deadline-day departure from the Trail Blazers. In a look back at the events that unfolded that day, Trent explained to The Athletic’s Eric Koreen that he knew a change of scenery was imminent after he received a call from his agent.

“I was just in my hotel room taking my pregame nap, getting ready, going through my pregame routine — what I do usually,” Trent Jr. said the day of his trade, 10 days ago. “I got a call from my agent, Rich Paul, and he told me that I was going to get traded and that was that. I stayed at the hotel waiting for a car to pick me up, got to Tampa about 11:30ish, 11:45, got a workout in around like 12 and then laid down. (I) did a physical today and now we’re here.”

Trent Jr’s experience was drastically different than what Gary Trent Sr. encountered when he was also traded from the Blazers to the Raptors. Then under the direction of President and GM Bob Whitsitt, the Blazers shipped Trent Sr. across the border in a package for Damon Stoudamire.

Trent Sr. detailed his experience with Whitsitt in Koreen’s feature.

“I had a general manager that looked me in the eye the day before the trade and said, ‘We love you.’” Trent Sr. said of his conversation with Whitsitt. ‘“We’re going to keep you here. If you hear any trade rumours, don’t worry about it.’ That’s what I was told.

“I was not prepared for it.”

In exchange for Trent Jr, the Blazers landed former UCLA guard Norman Powell. Like Trent Jr, Powell has hit the ground running with his new team.

If you have the time, Koreen’s full feature on Trent Jr. and Trent Sr. is worth every minute of your time. You can check out the full story at The Athletic.