It is with great sadness that I report our beloved Jake Layman has been traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a sign and trade, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Layman is signing a three year $11.5M deal with the Timberwolves.
The Blazers will receive Bojan Dubljevic, a center for Valencia in the Spanish League and a $1.8M trade exception as reported by Dwight Jaynes from NBC Sports Northwest.
Last year Dubljevic told Eurohoops, “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.”
So I doubt that we’ll ever seen Dubljevic in a Blazers uniform.
The writing was on the wall for Layman. After resigning Rodney Hood, trading for Kent Bazemore, and drafting Nassir Little there wouldn’t have been a lot of minutes available at Layman’s natural small forward position.
After a breakout Summer League run last summer Layman average career highs in minutes (18.7) and points (7.6) in his first real rotational minutes.
We wish Jake the best of luck in Minnesota. I know I’ll miss him.