Layman signs 3-year deal with Timberwolves

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Blazers restricted free-agent forward Jake Layman is signing a 3-year contract with Minnesota

Portland Trail Blazers forward Jake Layman (10) dunks on Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the second half in an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Salt lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Blazers restricted free-agent forward Jake Layman has been sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a sign-and-trade deal on Wednesday.  

Portland will receive a trade exception in return. The move also will reunite Layman with former Blazers Assistant Coach David Vanterpool, who left Portland for the associate head coaching job with Minnesota.

Layman played in 71 regular-season games in the 2018-19 season, starting 33 of those.

The 3rd year pro out of Maryland spent his entire career with Portland, averaging 18.7 minutes this past season.

Layman is signing a 3-year, $11.5 million contract.

His agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN, “We’re extremely appreciative of how hard Neil Olshey worked with us to accommodate what we were trying to accomplish in this sign and trade.”

The move may have been expected after Portland acquired/signed forwards Kent Bazemore, Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver in the last few days. 

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