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Derrick Walton Jr. receives qualifying offer from Miami

Derrick Walton Jr., Heat

The Miami Heat have retained the rights of point guard Derrick Walton Jr. after putting a qualifying offer on the former Michigan Wolverines court general’s table, according to Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post.

The Miami Heat have sent a qualifying offer to Derrick Walton Jr. for his two-way contract, making the 6-foot-1 point guard a restricted free agent starting Sunday.

With the move, the Heat can keep Walton beyond this season by matching any offer he could get in the free agent market. In case Miami gets full control of Walton again, they are likely to give him another two-way deal, the same agreement he had with the Heat last year.

Derrick Walton Jr. suited up for 16 games with the Heat last season, during which he averaged paltry numbers of 1.8 points, 1.0 rebound, 1.0 assist, and 9.2 minutes. He felt more important in the G League where he averaged 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 32.4 minutes in 27 games for Miami affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce.

After four seasons in Michigan, Walton declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, but did not hear his name get called. Following a great Summer League outing for the Orlando Magic, Walton was signed by another Florida team with the Heat to a two-way deal.