Minnesota Timberwolves Roundup: Jake Layman workouts, Jerryd Bayless moves on

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 30: Jerryd Bayless #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 30: Jerryd Bayless #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

This week’s Minnesota Timberwolves roundup takes us to Jake Layman’s offseason workouts. Plus, a look at Jerryd Bayless’s next destination.

August is officially two-thirds of the way over. Minnesota Timberwolves training camp is roughly a month away.

This offseason may seem like it’s been extra long, but we’re getting closer to the return of basketball. And if you simply want to see one of the new Timberwolves players out on the court, you’re in luck.

New Wolves forward Jake Layman starred in a video released on Twitter by trainer Reid Ouse of Catalyst Training. The video focuses on a series of options out of a punch drag.

If the above looks similar to Layman’s highlights with Portland last season, it’s because he did quite a bit of this. And here’s hoping that he gets plenty of chances with the ball in his hands outside the arc in Minnesota.

Layman should also play a role as a cutter in the Wolves’ offense, but don’t be surprised to see his 3-point percentage continue to tick upwards from the 32.6 percent mark he put up last year with the Trail Blazers with more opportunities in front of him.

It will be intriguing to see how the Wolves choose to handle the wing rotation and just how much time Layman might receive at the 4-spot as well.

Also, if you want your heartstrings to be tugged upon, here’s old friend Tyus Jones tossing an alley-oop to new friend Jake Layman.

Elsewhere, another old friend, Jerryd Bayless, has found a new employer.

Bayless was injured when he first arrived from Philadelphia last November and was eventually forced into the rotation after injuries to Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones. He was good early on and provided solid minutes in some Wolves wins, but his weaknesses become apparent as he was overexposed during games in which he was forced to play heavy minutes.

At this point in his career, Bayless’s best fit with an NBA team would have been as a third point guard to provide a presence in the locker room and spot minutes here or there when needed. The days of Bayless as a rotation guy are likely behind him.

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That said, plenty of NBAers have found roles in China, and here’s hoping for the best for Bayless.