The Wizards met with Maryland standout Melo Trimble at the NBA Draft Combine, according to CSN Wizards Beat Reporter Chris Miller.
Wizards met with Melo Trimble last week at NBA Draft combine. Washington has the 52nd pick in June's draft. #DCFamily— Chris Miller 🎥🎙🏀 (@cmillsnbcs) May 18, 2017
Washington traded away its first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets as part of the package that brought in Bojan Bogdanovic, but as Miller points out, the team still has a draft pick in the second round at No. 52.
One of the biggest roster holes the Wizards will seek to address this summer is backup point guard. Trimble not only could fit that bill, but also he'll likely be available into the second round or even as an undrafted rookie.
Last summer Washington brought in Trey Burke hoping he'd be their point guard off the bench, but it became clear by midway through the season that he wouldn't be able to deliver as either a bench scoring option or playmaker to run the offense while John Wall took a breather.
When the Knicks waived Brandon Jennings at the end of February, the Wizards wasted no time signing him and slotting him above Burke as the primary backup to Wall. Burke rarely played after Jennings arrived, getting a handful of minutes at the end of blowouts only.
Jennings wasn't a scoring revelation for the Wizards, either, but proved a more competent passer capable of maintaining the tempo of the offense. Though not unexpected, Jennings was a borderline liability on defense.
Burke is a restricted free agent and Jennings is an unrestricted free agent this offseason; neither are likely to return.
Then there's Tomas Satoransky, who's physically gifted and 6-7, but saw very limited minutes as a rookie and never became a regular part of Scott Brooks' rotations. He'll take a lot more development for the Wizards to know what they have.
The Wizards will survey the free agent market for backup point guards, but their meeting with Trimble indicates they've also entertained the idea of looking for one in the draft.
Trimble led the Terps in scoring in all three years of his career in College Park, and he found success in the pick-and-roll. But he's been inconsistent on offense and can struggle finishing at the rim.
Though Trimble shot 41% from 3-point range his freshman year, that dropped off to 31% his second and third year. His height and athleticism are below average for NBA point guard prospects.
Taking a chance on Trimble, either with the second-round pick or an undrafted rookie signing, won't cost the Wizards much. His principle advantage over known quantities like Burke and Jennings is that he could still surprise with some untapped potential.