Timberwolves Re-Sign Gary Trent


Gary Trent enters his second season as a Timberwolf.
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Sept. 25, 2002 — Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale announced the NBA club has re-signed free agent forward Gary Trent to a contract. Per team policy, no financial terms of the agreement were disclosed.

"Gary brings an aggressive attitude and a physical presence on the court," said McHale. "He worked very hard for us last season and was instrumental in our success. Additionally, he gives us added depth in the frontcourt."

Trent, a 6-8 forward from Ohio University, averaged 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 17.8 minutes per game in 64 contests (started 10) for the Wolves in 2001-02. The seven-year NBA veteran missed 18 games due to a pair of injuries. He spent 10 games on the Injured List (Jan. 12-Feb. 1) due to a sprained left ankle and sat out eight contests (Feb. 13-27) with a strained left hamstring. In his 10 starts, Trent averaged 10.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 27.2 minutes per contest. He posted a season-high 20 points with 10 rebounds on Jan. 7 vs. Detroit. Trent scored 10 or more points on 19 occasions last season, in addition to registering three point/rebound double-doubles.

In 358 NBA games over seven seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers (1995-96 through first half of 1997-98), Toronto Raptors (second half of 1997-98), Dallas (1998-99 through 2000-01) and Minnesota (2001-02), Trent has averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 21.3 minutes per game.

The Columbus, Ohio native was selected after his junior season by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round (11th overall selection) of the 1995 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded by the Bucks to Portland on June 28, 1995. Trent was then traded by the Blazers to the Raptors on Feb. 13, 1998. Trent signed as a free agent with Dallas on Jan. 23, 1999 and then with the Wolves on Oct. 2, 2001.

Trent's best season as a professional came in the strike-shortened 1998-99 campaign, when he averaged 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 30.3 minutes per game in 45 contests. He finished third in voting for the NBA Most Improved Player Award that season.