The Miami Heat have officially placed Derrick Walton Jr. on the Sioux Falls Skyforce roster ahead of Miami’s impending road trip.
OFFICIAL: Derrick Walton Jr. has re-joined the @SFSkyforce as part of his two-way contract.
The official Heat press release notes,
“Walton Jr. has appeared in eight games with the Skyforce this season averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.25 steals and 32.3 minutes while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 87.5 percent from the foul line. Additionally, he has appeared in 12 games with Miami this season averaging 1.8 points and 1.1 assists in 8.8 minutes of action while shooting 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from the field, 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line.
“Walton Jr. will be available for the Skyforce’s game today vs. the Agua Caliente Clippers.”
Walton has two weeks left of his 45-day NBA eligibility before Miami must either send him to the G-League for the remainder of the season, create a roster spot to sign him, or release him. Ira Winderman has coach Erik Spoelstra’s thoughts about the perception of Walton Jr.’s fit on the Heat’s squad.
Spoelstra, on Derrick Walton Jr. going back to the G League, "We have enough ballhandlers, I'm not concerned about that."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 7, 2018
Spoelstra, on Derrick Walton Jr. going back to the G League, “We have enough ballhandlers, I’m not concerned about that.”
Derrick Jones Jr. remains with Heat for the time being as the other player on a two-way contract. The 45-NBA-days for a two-way contract are prorated, i.e Jones Jr. had 26 days, not 45, to stay with the Heat when he signed his contract. The deadline for signing any new two-way contracts this season is Jan. 15, 2018.
A link to a list of two-way contracts in the NBA shows three of them have been converted to regular contracts and nine players were waived, including Heat summer-league favorite Gian Clavell.