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Trail Blazers Guarantee Jake Layman’s Contract for 2018-19 Season

The former second-round pick will return for a third year with the Blazers.

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Jake Layman's contract with the Trail Blazers for the 2018-19 season is now guaranteed. Portland took no action on June 30th, meaning that the third year forward from Maryland will stay in the Rose City.

According to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, Layman’s contract for the upcoming season would automatically convert from non-guaranteed to guaranteed on June 30. On Sunday, NBC Sports Northwest’s Jason Quick stated on social media that the Blazers did not waive him prior to the deadline.

The Blazers are now obligated to pay Layman’s approximately $1.54 million salary, even if they cut him. It was their last decision before free agency opened Saturday night, which saw the Blazers lose Ed Davis and sign Nik Stauskas to a one-year, minimum contract.

Layman was drafted No. 47 by the Orlando Magic but Portland acquired him on NBA Draft night for a 2019 second-round pick and cash. He has played 70 total games in two seasons with Portland and averaged 1.6 points, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game.