Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Aug. 1, when Trimble’s signing was reported. It has been updated after Minnesota’s announcement.
After spending the NBA Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers, former Maryland point guard Melo Trimble will continue his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Trimble’s deal, first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski last month, is partially guaranteed, so he figures to get a training camp tryout with the Wolves. His training camp signing was announced by Minnesota on Monday, along with forward Amile Jefferson.
Trimble had a hard time getting off the bench for the Sixers summer squad, but in his three games in Vegas he averaged 10.3 points on 60 percent shooting. Trimble was initially signed by Philadelphia right after going undrafted, but the team brought in a cavalcade of young guards to compete and he ultimately didn’t make the cut.
Now he’ll join a Timberwolves backcourt that added point guard Jeff Teague in free agency and Jimmy Butler in a draft-night trade. The only other point guard, besides Teague, currently on the roster is former Duke standout Tyus Jones.
Trimble’s not a lock to make the roster, as the Wolves will likely bring in other guards to compete, but the partial guarantee is a solid sign. Now, it’s up to him to prove he can contribute.