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What are the Crucial Steps That the Blazers Must Take to Keep Powell?

Unsurprisingly, Norman Powell is headed to free agency. Are the Trail Blazers still the favorite to sign him to his next deal?

Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images

On this week’s episode of the Church of Roy podcast, hosts Brian Wilcox and Steve Dewald dive into the free agency landscape for Trail Blazers guard Norman Powell. Before highlighting Powell’s options, Brian and Steve take another look at how Damian Lillard’s comments from last week could impact Portland’s decision making this summer.

On the Lillard front, this week’s episode also looks at the five teams that The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor listed as “aggressive suitors” for Lillard.

For free agency, Brian and Steve discussed the teams with cap space that could pursue Powell in free agency. Are the Blazers still the frontrunners to retain Powell? Which potential suitors should Portland worry about? In terms of long-term fit with the Blazers, Brian and Steve explain that it is imperative that Powell returns to his natural position at shooting guard. If that is a priority, Portland must address CJ McCollum’s future.

You download today’s episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.