The Minnesota Timberwolves signed former University of Maryland Terrapin guard Melo Trimble to a non-guaranteed deal Tuesday afternoon; the exact terms of the contract have not yet been disclosed. Trimble went unselected in the 2017 draft after three years in College Park.
Trimble burst onto the scene as a freshman, garnering Second-Team All-American honors from Sporting News as well as All-Big Ten (First-Team – Media; Second-Team – Coaches) and Big Ten All-Freshman Team recognition.
The combo guard shot a scorching 41.2% (148 attempts) from 3 during his freshman season with a 62.8% true shooting percentage and 53.4% effective field goal percentage. However, his numbers from deep and, thus, his efficiency decreased with increased usage during his sophomore and junior seasons (tables via Sports-Reference).
Trimble’s contract is non-guaranteed meaning that the Wolves have until January 7th to decide if they want to keep him around or waive him. After January 10th (it takes three days for players to clear waivers), all contracts become guaranteed.
In all likelihood, Trimble will serve a similar function to how the team utilized point guard John Lucas III last year: as a body for training camp and preseason and should the need for an emergency point guard emerge. However, anything is possible.