Celtics reportedly make another local free agent signing
Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics keep adding local talent to their roster – at least for the preseason. Last month, the team signed forward Noah Vonleh, who is from northern Massachusetts and played his first two years of high school basketball at Haverhill High School, to a training camp deal.
Now, it sounds like the team is adding a player from the southern part of the state. According to Bobby Manning of CLNS Media, the Celtics are signing former King Philip High School star Jake Layman to a training camp deal. Layman, who is from Wrentham, played his college ball at Maryland.
Drafted by the Blazers 47th overall in 2016, Layman spent his first four seasons in the NBA in Portland where he played a regular bench role. In 2019, he signed a three-year, $11.5 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a sign-and-trade.
At 6-foot-8 with an ability to score from the outside, Layman is the latest in a string of wing signings the Celtics have made this offseason joining Vonleh, Bruno Caboclo, Justin Jackson, and Denzel Valentine. That group will likely compete for one or two spots on the back end of the regular season roster, although that role could end up having more responsibilities following Danilo Gallinari’s season-ending injury.
Once Layman’s deal is made official, the Celtics will still have one spot open on their training camp roster. Their first preseason game is just a couple of weeks away, on October 2 against the Charlotte Hornets.
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