Report: Derrick Walton Jr. signs with Chicago Bulls

Derrick Walton Jr. will sign with the Chicago Bulls for the 2018-19 NBA season.

Walton spent his first year in the NBA on a two-way contract with the Miami Heat. He played in 16 games at the NBA level along with 27 games with the Sioux Falls Sky Force, averaging 16.1 points and 7 assists per contest in the NBA G-League.

Walton’s contract with the Bulls is a standard one-year deal rather than a two-way contract, per MLive’s Andrew Kahn.

The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn first reported the news and wrote a feature story on Walton’s growth throughout the highs and lows of life on a two-way deal.

Walton joins Tim Hardaway Jr. (Knicks), Trey Burke (Knicks), Moritz Wagner (Lakers), DJ Wilson (Bucks), Nik Stauskas (Blazers), Caris LeVert (News), Glenn Robinson III (Pistons) and Duncan Robinson (Heat, two-way) as former Wolverines under John Beilein currently playing in the NBA.

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  1. eric_shap

    Kind of surprised by this, but extremely good news for Derrick to be on a one-year deal, if it is guaranteed. That Bartelstein --> Chicago FO relationship surely helped in this case.

  2. bobohle

    Very deserving for as hard as he has worked to get there.

  3. mgl

    Bartelstein is slowly becoming arguably the most influential agent in the NBA - and teams are more than willing to do him small favors - like taking a client at the league minimum into an empty roster spot - to curry favor.

    (Also the Bulls backup PG spot is a nightmare and Walton probably has a very real shot at it)

  4. charlesb

    Saw this on HoopsHype

  5. eric_shap

    That seems more likely to be the case.

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