What’s Next for Melo Trimble after Waived by Timberwolves

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 16: Melo Trimble
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 16: Melo Trimble /

The Minnesota Timberwolves waive former Maryland basketball star Melo Trimble just days before the start of the 2017 NBA season.

The road to the NBA has stalled for former Maryland basketball standout Melo Trimble as the Minnesota Timberwolves waive the point guard just three days before the 2017 NBA schedule begins.

Trimble, who went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft, initially agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Timberwolves on Aug. 1. Then on Sept. 18, Trimble earned his first official contract by signing an NBA league minimum deal.

However, the 6-foot-3 guard appeared in just one game with the Wolves this preseason, scoring four points on a field goal and two free throws.

More from Maryland Terrapins

According to the Timberwolves press release, former Duke forward Amile Jefferson, and Shawne Williams joined Trimble in the group of three players waived by Minnesota, all on non-guaranteed deals as they finalize their roster for the opening night. Trimble, along with Jefferson and Williams have until Monday to pass waivers.

The next chapter in Trimble’s uphill battle to earn an NBA roster spot comes the NBA’s official minor league basketball organization, also known as the NBA G League. Considering Trimble clear waivers, he will stay in the Timberwolves organization with the Iowa Wolves. The location may change, but the mascot remains the same.

The NBA G League is no guarantee for Trimble who was a projected NBA first-round draft pick after his freshman year with the Maryland Terrapins basketball team. However, that wasn’t enough to sway Trimble to enter the draft and instead he returned to Maryland.

Age played the biggest factor in Trimble going undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft as NBA scouts crave the freshman college basketball stars.

Next: Melo Trimble’s journey from projected first-round pick to undrafted

Stay up-to-date here on Trimble’s hopeful path to the NBA with the continued coverage from The Baltimore Wire team. Stay Melo.