Earlier this month, Portland Trail Blazers guard Norman Powell signed a $90 million deal over the next five seasons. Now, he’s shifted his focus towards the ultimate goal: helping guide the Blazers to an NBA championship. In a recent story from Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian, the versatile guard admitted he didn’t think this group was far off.
Powell referred to Portland as his “best fit” and provided his own outlook on the team as follows:
“When you look at how the season ended and where we’re at now with the new coach and new coaching staff and everything that’s left on the table, where we can grow and build,” Powell said. “There’s already a solid foundation. They have the longest playoff streak in in the NBA right now. So, we’re not far off from winning a championship. It’s just changing a few things.”
Powell also went into detail on the thinking behind his first free agency period. Two teams — Miami and Dallas — were noted to be aggressive for his services, but Powell said the love and support from day one from Portland teammates eased the decision.
He was especially appreciative of Damian Lillard, citing that being wanted by a franchise player of that caliber player a notable role in his decision.
“I told him just hearing that from him, coming from the franchise player, not even just a franchise player, but a generational talent, a superstar that wants to win ... when he sends you a text saying that he wants you on his team to help accomplish the goals that he set up, that’s him saying that he sees value in what I bring to the table,” Powell said. “And I told him that hearing that from him goes a long ways for me.”
Over the rest of the article, Fentress hits on some of Powell’s quotes from his first interview post-extension, his lifestyle, and overall projected fit under new head coach Chauncey Billups.