Norman Powell: I can fit perfectly in Los Angeles with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George



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Norman Powell: I can fit perfectly in Los Angeles with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

The Los Angeles Clippers lost on Sunday night but Norman Powell impressed in his Clippers debut. Powell, who was traded to the Clippers mid-weel, scored 28 points in his first game with the Clippers but Los Angeles suffered a 137-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Powell, who used to play with Kawhi Leonard in Toronto, thinks he will fit in well alongside Leonard and Paul George in Los Angeles. "Literally for all my career, I have been in every single role on the team," Powell said after the game, according to ESPN.

"The guy fighting and scratching trying to get into the rotation. Being in a rotation, being taken out of a rotation, playing alongside Kyle [Lowry] and DeMar [DeRozan], playing alongside Kyle and Kawhi, playing off of them [in Toronto].

"So I think I can fit perfectly in here, with PG and Kawhi."

The Clippers thrilled to have Powell

The Clippers received Powell and Robert Covington, while the Portland Trail Blazers received in exchange Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a 2025 second-round pick via the Detroit Pistons.

"We never thought it was realistic for us to get a player like Norm Powell for a team that won't have salary cap space for a long, long, long time," Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations, said.

"It's really, really hard to get players like Norm, who are under a long-term deal, who are in their prime." "Norm's ability as a three-level scorer, the fact that when he's playing off the ball, he's such a prolific catch-and-shoot player," he added.

"Really, really, complements Kawhi and PG." Powell thinks he is now a better player than he was the last time he played with Leonard. "I think just the maturity from being able to go through that whole experience, that whole playoff run and winning a championship and just being able to go out there and fight," Powell said of how he has grown since he last played with Leonard.

"Like I said, I was in every situation, every position with the Raptors and I've gone through a lot and I think all that has helped me and my game grow."