Jake Layman Rumors

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Jake Layman
Jake Layman
Position: F
Born: 03/07/94
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $3,581,986
Portland thrived on a balanced attack and a deep roster stacked with current and former NBA-roster players, including rookies Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. and veterans Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan, Wade Baldwin IV, Archie Goodwin, K.J. McDaniels and John Jenkins. “Every one of the guys on our team and something to prove,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts told The Crossover. “We had two rookies, we had Zach and Caleb who were rookies last year and needed to be in Summer League. Wade Baldwin and Jake Layman really hadn’t done much on the NBA stage. K.J. McDaniels and Archie Goodwin have bounced around. We had some experienced players but there wasn’t one guy who didn’t need to be in Summer League and show what they could do.”
Situations like those are exactly why Portland rookie Jake Layman dedicates so much thought to his seat selection each time the team gathers during a game stoppage. For one, he doesn’t want to wind up like Davis and get displaced. More importantly, though, he makes a point of trying to avoid the seats adjacent to Blazers forward Noah Vonleh. “You want to stay clear of the super-sweaty guys,” Layman says. “Noah’s one of them.”
After he lost his job, it appeared he also lost his confidence. He passed up shots – many of them in the key – and spent much of his time drifting around the perimeter. Maurice Harkless on Wednesday, however, sharply denies losing his confidence. “No. No, I didn’t lose my confidence,’’ he said. “When you come in the game, a lot of times … never mind.’’ He paused, then continued. “When you come in the game, you have to get a feel for it. Sometimes you are not able to do that in a five-minute stretch. Everybody has their strengths. Pat Connauhgton is a shooter. Jake Layman is a shooter. Shabazz Napier creates with the ball. For me, I’m not a shooter. I mean, I can shoot, but I’m not a shooter. When I come in the game, the first time I touch the ball, and it’s a wide-open three, part of me doesn’t want to shoot it, but I have to, because I’m wide open. So I shoot it, but that’s the first time I’ve touched the ball, so likely, it may not go in. That’s just part of the game.
Insiders: What are thoughts on the offseason acquisitions the Blazers made? In addition to keeping the core together by re-signing your own free agents, the front office added Evan Turner, Festus Ezeli, Shabazz Napier and Jake Layman. McCollum: “I think the organization is heading in the right direction. We have a good roster and a good group of guys. We are continuing to build for now and the future. Now, the work begins to continue that process [and growth]. I’m excited to be a part of this team.”
The Portland Trail Blazers are still two weeks away from heading to Las Vegas for NBA Summer League, but their potential roster is starting to take shape. Four players from last year’s roster –Pat Connaughton, Cliff Alexander, Luis Montero and Noah Vonleh – are all slated to play in Vegas again this season. They will be joined by second-round draft pick Jake Layman, who plans to arrive in Portland in early July to practice with the rest of the summer league roster.
Shortly after the college basketball season had ended this spring, Neil Olshey had targeted his player for the 2016 NBA Draft: Jake Layman, a sharp shooting wing from Maryland who could defend and play multiple positions. “Neil and I have been talking about Jake for the past two months,’’ agent Mark Bartelstein said. “He was a guy Neil really targeted. He told me if he could trade into the second round, he was a guy they would really go after.’’