Layman will sign a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Timberwolves, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Layman will be acquired in a sign-and-trade deal, although it's unclear what Portland's expected to get in return. The third-year forward translated an expanded role in 2018-19 into career-high averages across the board. Across 71 games, Layman averaged 7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 threes in 18.7 minutes while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from three and 70.4 percent from the line. While it's unclear exactly what role Layman's expected to see in Minnesota, he'll likely find minutes at both of the forward positions.
The Trail Blazers extended a qualifying offer to Layman on Tuesday, making him an restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Layman is coming off his most productive NBA season in 2018-19, posting career-bests across the board. Layman will have the opportunity to see what kind of value the market has him set at, and if he signs an offer sheet with another team, Portland will have three days to match. Given how much the league values versatile wings like Layman, there will surely be a market for him once free agency begins.
Layman produced 19 points (7-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 48 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 136-131 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Layman returned to the starting lineup as a de facto co-elder statesman alongside Meyers Leonard on Wednesday, with the duo playing alongside the less experienced trio of Skal Labissiere, Gary Trent, Jr. and Anfernee Simons. Layman turned in an efficient shooting effort overall, leading to his third double-digit scoring effort of April. The 25-year-old finished the regular season with career highs in points (7.6), rebounds (3.1) and minutes (18.7) and will play an important complementary role in the playoffs.
Layman will start Wednesday's game against the Kings, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Layman will return to the starting lineup after a five game stretch on the bench. In 32 starts this year, Layman's averaging 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes.
Layman will come off the bench in Monday's game against the Timberwolves, Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Layman started the previous seven games in place of C.J. McCollum, who is currently out with a knee injury, but will move to the bench in place of Rodney Hood. It's unclear if Hood will remain with the starters for the duration of McCollum's absence, however this move to the bench could result in a decreased role for Layman.
Layman finished with 13 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one block across 25 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 126-118 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday.
Layman drew a second straight start in place of C.J. McCollum (knee), but he was exponentially more productive than on Monday against the Pacers. The 25-year-old had logged just 14 minutes and turned in a scoreless effort in that contest, with a trio of rebounds serving as his only stats on the night. Layman logged a solid amount of minutes Wednesday despite accruing four fouls, and his production was on par with that which he's often generated off the bench over the course of the campaign. With McCollum still slated to miss at least Saturday's game against the Pistons, Layman should be in for one more spot start at minimum.
Layman ended with just three rebounds in 14 minutes during Monday's 106-98 victory over the Pacers.
Layman moved into the starting lineup for Monday's game, replacing C.J. McCollum (knee) who is going to miss at least the next week of action. Layman was a disaster for anyone who streamed him in, missing all five of his field-goal attempts, ending the game with just three rebounds. This performance will certainly not do him any favors as he looks to retain the starting role. He can be a points streamer at times and will likely be better than this on most nights. That being said, more consistent options are probably available in most formats.
Layman will start Monday against the Pacers, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Layman moves into the starting lineup for the injured C.J. McCollum, who should be out for at least the next week with a knee injury. It's unclear if Layman will continue to start in McCollum's absence, or if the team will change the lineup based on the matchup. In the starting five, Layman could see an increased role.
Layman produced 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist over 27 minutes in the Trail Blazers' loss to the Raptors on Friday.
Layman produced his highest point total in five games, chippin in some solid rebounding and defensive stats as well. Layman plays a very important role for the Blazers off the bench, but his production makes him a better real-life option rather than a fantasy one.
Layman ended with 17 points (7-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 129-107 victory over Golden State.
Layman continues to defy the odds, churning out another double-digit scoring game. He is consistently playing the most minutes off the bench for the Trail Blazers and has certainly forced his way into the standard league conversation. He typically provides points and threes on high-efficiency which does limit his upside but owners in competitive leagues should at least consider him while he is hot.
Layman totaled 17 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-8 FT), four rebounds, four blocks, and one assist in 28 minutes during Monday's 120-111 loss to Oklahoma City.
Layman was the leading minutes' man off the Portland bench Monday, finishing the contest with 17 points and four blocks. He has established himself as the Trail Blazers sixth-man over the past few weeks and should certainly be in the conversation if you have a roster spot to fill.
Layman totaled 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 31 minutes during Thursday's 127-118 victory over the Spurs.
Layman continues to make noise in fantasy circles, ending Thursday's victory with 13 points in 31 minutes. The arrival of Rodney Hood certainly didn't appear to impact Layman as he scored in double-figures for the ninth time in his last 11 games. He has now played at least 25 minutes in five straight games and owners in competitive leagues should consider him as a streaming option given his current role.
Layman totaled 25 points (11-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 118-108 loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
The third-year wing was already enjoying a career-best season prior to Tuesday, although that hadn't necessarily equated to eye-popping numbers given his bench role. However, Tuesday's output was starter-quality production, fitting given that Layman outpaced his first-unit counterpart at small forward, Maurice Harkless, by 16 minutes. The extended run led to a career-high scoring total for Layman, who now has a trio of 20-point-or-better efforts in the last seven games. Layman has hit double digits in the scoring column in eight of his last 10 contests overall, easily the most prolific offensive stretch of his career. The Maryland product is also putting in solid work on the boards, as he's hauled in between five and eight rebounds in four straight. Even if Harkless continues to hold down the starting job at the three, the depth chart slotting could become increasingly irrelevant if Layman manages to keep up a similar caliber of production to that of recent contests.
Layman registered 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt), five rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 27 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 132-105 win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Layman saw a solid allotment of minutes off the bench in the big win, leading to his seventh double-digit scoring effort over the last nine games. The third-year pro has mostly had the hot hand recently save for a couple of clunkers, as Layman has shot at least 50.0 percent in all seven of those aforementioned contests. Coupled with his solid work on the boards, the 24-year-old remains an option in very deep formats and as a DFS punt play.
Layman totaled 20 points (9-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt), eight rebound,s three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 120-106 victory over Phoenix.
Layman continues to score the ball well, putting up his sixth double-digit game from his last seven outings. Garbage time was a factor here but he has been trending in the right direction and has clearly moved ahead of Meyers Leonard in the rotation. This production still feels unsustainable but those in deeper formats should grab him to see if he can keep things going.
Layman finished with 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt), three rebounds, one steal, and one block in 25 minutes during Monday's 109-104 win over the Jazz.
Layman has reached double figures in scoring in five straight games. He went off during Friday's matchup with the Pelicans despite Maurice Harkless re-claiming his starting spot in his return from injury, posting 20 points (8-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt) and one board in 18 minutes, highlighted by an incredible second quarter eruption. Layman is likely to cool off (32-of-49 from the field over the last five) but seems to be earning the confidence of coach Terry Stotts.
Layman accumulated 18 points (8-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists, and one block in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 129-112 win over the Cavaliers.
Layman has reached double figures in scoring in three straight games, combining for 44 points on just 26 field-goal attempts. Maurice Harkless (knee soreness) has missed five consecutive contests, but could return for Friday's bout with the Pelicans. If Harkless is held out though, Layman could once again be a decent dart throw in daily leagues against a weak defensive club.
Layman tallied 13 points (5-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and two rebounds over 18 minutes Sunday in the Trail Blazers' 116-113 loss to the Nuggets.
Layman has logged three consecutive starts at small forward in place of the injured Maurice Harkless (knee) but hasn't done much to move the needle from a fantasy standpoint. The 13 points he provided Sunday were his most during that three-game stretch, while Layman has delivered only two total assists and no steals or blocks over that spell.
Layman will get the start Wednesday against the Bulls, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
Layman will get the start in place of Maurice Harkless, who aggravated his knee injury Monday. Through 26 games, Layman is averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 block in 21.6 minutes.
Layman notched 10 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists across 22 minutes Monday in the Trail Blazers' 111-101 win over the Knicks.
Since re-entering the Portland rotation three games ago, Layman has done little to justify surrendering that spot to Nik Stauskas or anyone else. Monday's performance was Layman's best all-around effort of the season, as the second-year forward exceeded his previous high total in rebounds by three and assists by two. It's worth noting that Maurice Harkless (knee) failed to play in the second half, potentially paving the way for Layman to pick up more minutes in future contests if Harkless misses time.
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