The Minnesota Timberwolves have “kicked the tires” on Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Jake Layman, according to Darren Wolfson of Minnesota’s 5 Eyewitness News. Portland extended the qualifying offer to Layman ahead of NBA free agency, meaning they have the right to match any offers sent to the restricted free agent.
Portland’s forward rotation has been bolstered this summer by retaining Rodney Hood, trading for Kent Bazemore, drafting Nassir Little and signing Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver. With Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu both departing their starting roles, there will be competition for those spots in the lineup, as well as the backup forward minutes.
Layman enjoyed a career year last season, averaging highs in minutes (18.7), points (7.6) and 3-point percentage (32.6%).