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Timberwolves Waive Three, Opening Night Roster Appears Set

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Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble, and Shawne Williams were all waived by the Wolves, while Marcus Georges-Hunt appears to have made the roster.

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The Wolves announced they have waived three players: Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble, and yesterday’s signing Shawne Williams. All three are now NBA free agents, but appear likely to start the season with the Wolves G-League affiliate in Iowa.

Jefferson and Trimble were both signed this summer as undrafted rookie free agents. Jefferson a power forward from Duke, was on the Wolves summer league team and earned a camp invite. He’s gotten a long look, and will have a chance to impress in the G-League. Trimble, a point guard from Maryland, was signed later and was never going to make the team given their need for a veteran third point guard. Williams was signed for Iowa as he tries to work his way back to the NBA.

Among the non-guaranteed players in training camp, that leaves Marcus Georges-Hunt, who looks as if he will make the opening night roster, which means his contract is guaranteed through January 10th and $275,000. Georges-Hunt was signed to a 10-Day contract last season with the Miami Heat for whom he did not appear, and then the Orlando Magic signed him for the rest of the season in early April, and he appeared in five games.

Georges-Hunt is 23 years old, and played four years at Georgia Tech. A solidly built, 6’5” shooting guard, he had a very good if unspectacular college career. He’s decent at a bunch of things, but not necessarily great at anything. He’s the kind of player, when looking at his college stats, you think “If he was only a better three-point shooter...” He shot 33 percent over four college seasons from three, and was never higher than 34 percent.

He did, however, shoot much better in the D-League last season. Not only did he make 39 percent of his threes on almost 200 attempts, but he also made 89 percent of his free throws on significant volume as well. If there is an actual shooter in there, Georges-Hunt could emerge as a useful Three-and-D player. At any rate, unless something unusual happens in the next few days, he’ll be drawing an NBA paycheck for at least the next three months, so congratulations to him.

It appears the roster on opening night Wednesday in San Antonio will look like this:

Jeff Teague
Tyus Jones
Aaron Brooks

Jimmy Butler
Andrew Wiggins
Jamal Crawford
Shabazz Muhammad
Marcus Georges-Hunt

Karl-Anthony Towns
Taj Gibson
Gorgui Dieng
Nemanja Bjelica
Justin Patton
Cole Aldrich

That leaves one roster spot open.

Anthony Brown is using one of their two Two-way contracts, and will likely be with the team as well.