The NBA trade deadline has passed. But before it was over, the Toronto Raptors and the Portland Trail Blazers came to an agreement. In the deal, the Raptors sent Norman Powell and received Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr. Since the trade, Trent Jr. is gone. In the nine games he has played so far, Trent Jr. has averaged 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
In their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, Trent Jr. had a career night out. After recording 44 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, his former teammates took to social media to share their reactions.
Gary Trent Jr. has been in the league for three years now and started showing off his skills in the NBA Bubble last season. He has gained an increased role for Portland since then and was eventually traded to the Raptors. Having two superstar guards already, Portland was unlikely to keep him. Luckily for the Raptors, Trent Jr. has turned out to be a great investment.
🤟🏻@gpraatjr 🔥 🔥
– Jusuf Nurkić (@ bosnianbeast27) 11 avril 2021
Even Jusuf Nurkic had to share his support for the recent success of Trent Jr. CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Robert Covington and others all praised the Raptors’ new guard. Based on his recent success, Gary Trent Jr. is on his way to becoming an elite league scorer. Now in Toronto, the Raptors are giving him the time he needs to continue to be a top player.
The Raptors remain busy as they face the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Look for Gary Trent Jr. to repeat his performance and possibly lead his team to score again.