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Woj: Wolves Acquiring Jake Layman in Sign-and-Trade

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Layman is headed to Minnesota on a three-year deal.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are acquiring Portland Trail Blazers forward Jake Layman in a sign-and-trade, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Layman is signing a three-year, $11.5 million contract with Minnesota.

In return, the Blazers will receive the rights to Bojan Dubljevic, a center who plays in the Spanish ACB League, and a $1.8 million trade exception, according to NBC Sports Northwest’s Dwight Jaynes. Dubljevic told Eurohoops in 2018 that he’s very happy with his current club, Valencia:

“NBA isn’t on my mind. Every player has a dream to play in the NBA. It’s not my dream. My dream is to play for a big club. For me, Valencia is the biggest club and I want to stay in Valencia.”

The Wolves are using a trade exception to absorb the forward; this is an alternative way for teams who don’t have cap space to acquire players in free agency, as ESPN’s Bobby Marks points out. Layman’s agent complimented Portland’s effort in facilitating the deal:

Layman averaged 7.6 points in 18.7 minutes per game this season, his third in Portland and first with a sizable role in the rotation.

Update

Jake says goodbye: