Former Maryland forward and current Portland Trail Blazer Jake Layman has a dope new Maryland-inspired custom jacket. Layman posted a picture of himself in the jacket to his Instagram account Sunday afternoon. The jacket was created by Nathan DeVaughn, a designer who does custom denim work in Portland, Oregon. DeVaughn made it for Layman ahead of the Blazers' Vegas Summer League semifinal against the Memphis Grizzlies. Layman would go on to notch nine points and five rebounds in the Blazers' win. The jacket features Raphael, of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fame, in his signature red mask and Layman’s home No. 10 jersey, which works for both the Blazers and Terps colors. Raphael can be found in
The Cavaliers were reportedly close to trading for Paul George before the Pacers sent him to the Thunder. Just how close? Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst of ESPN: a text message from Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard undid an agreement on a blockbuster deal for George the Cavs were just starting to celebrate, a moment that now lives in infamy within the organization. On draft night, as the Chicago Bulls were finalizing a deal with the Wolves to move Butler, the Cavs were feverishly trying to assemble a three-team trade with the Pacers. The Denver Nuggets had a strong desire to acquire Kevin Love and became a legitimate trade partner with Indiana. The Nuggets
The Trail Blazers face what could be their final roster decision of the summer when Pat Connaughton's contract becomes fully-guaranteed on July 25. With 14 players already on guaranteed deals heading into next season, Connaughton's contract is the only one President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey could easily erase. The two-year Blazers veteran is the frontrunner to retain his roster spot, but his lead may have diminished after Jarnell Stokes produced seven impressive Summer League performances for the Blazers. The upcoming deadline to cut Connaughton without financial penalty raises the question of whether or not Olshey should consider making room for Stokes on the regular season roster.