As a second-round draft pick, Jake Layman was headed for a period of uncertainty with the Portland Trail Blazers. Second-rounders don't necessarily receive guaranteed contracts, meaning he wasn't a lock to even be on an NBA roster come opening day. But news broke Wednesday that Layman had in fact agreed to a guaranteed contract with the Trail Blazers.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was first to report the news, which the Oregonian confirmed. His deal is a three-year contract worth "roughly $2.9 million," with the first two years guaranteed, according to the Oregonian. While this doesn't guarantee Layman a spot in the rotation, it will certainly provide him with some piece of mind now that he knows a team believes in him enough to guarantee his contract.
Layman was Portland's only pick in the 2016 draft. We'll get a chance to see him in a Trail Blazers uniform when the team starts summer league play soon.
On to the links!
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The redshirt sophomore has yet to see the field at Maryland.
Plus updates on drafted Terps.
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