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Gary Trent Jr. comes out with heartwarming admission on Raptors trade

Gary Trent Jr. Nick Nurse Raptors

Good news for Toronto Raptors fans: there continues to be no shortage of love between Toronto and newcomer Gary Trent Jr.

The 22-year-old seems to have found a home with the Raptors after he was dealt by the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Norman Powell, and the swooning of head coach Nick Nurse over the young swingman is already well-documented.

Well, Nurse, right back at you.

In a recent video released by the team, transcribed by Chris Burkhardt of NBC Sports, Gary Trent Jr. opened up about his feelings regarding the trade to the Raptors:

“For the first time in my career in the last three years, you know, I feel like I am wanted in a sense. They want me to be a part of something. They want me to help.”

That’s not to say he bore any ill will towards his old team. Nor should he have. With his contract set to expire soon, plus Trent feeling like he wasn’t getting proper minutes behind Portland’s marquee names, the Blazers couldn’t help but let him go.

Trent will get every chance to showcase his talents with the Raptors. He is now part of the team’s young core, alongside OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet, and All-Star Pascal Siakam.

All three are just now coming into their own as the Raptors’ mainstays, and if Nick Nurse’s comments mean anything, it stands to reason Toronto won’t be in the rebuilding stage for long. Welcome home, Gary Trent Jr.