Who the Orlando Magic could target for a trade in the Northwest Division

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Jake Layman, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic traded away Jake Layman on draft night, but he has still made himself a career. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Timberwolves: Jake Layman

There are very few options on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster who could come in and improve the Orlando Magic apart from D’Angelo Russell and Karl Anthony-Towns, both of whom Minnesota plans to build around.

But an interesting project for the Magic could be forward Jake Layman. The 26-year-old missed most of this past season due to a toe injury but averaged 9.1 points per game off 45.3-percent shooting when he did manage to play.

He is capable of making threes but is not a dependable 3-point shooter, going 33.3-percent from beyond the arc. Layman has shown steady improvement since his days with the Portland Trail Blazers, who actually bought the Orlando Magic’s pick to draft him, and showed signs of being an important role-player for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season.

Layman still has plenty of time to improve and could be a decent offensive option for Orlando. With the Wolves having the number one pick this year and targeting a run in the postseason sooner rather than later, Layman could possibly find himself out of favor.

He is a strong off-the-ball player with the ability to get open and causes problems for defenses with his spacing. Orlando needs good team players on offense and Layman is just that.

The Timberwolves ranked low in many defensive categories so a player like James Ennis could help them improve in that area while Orlando would be getting a versatile forward and good offensive option.