Former Michigan PG Derrick Walton Jr. Signs NBA Contract with Chicago Bulls

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Former Michigan PG Derrick Walton Jr. Signs NBA Contract with Chicago Bulls

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Former Michigan PG Derrick Walton Jr. Signs NBA Contract with Chicago Bulls

After the Miami Heat did not renew point guard Derrick Walton Jr.’s contact in the NBA Summer League, the former Michigan athlete had to find a new home.

According to MLive’s Andrew Kahn, Walton has signed with the Chicago Bulls on a one-way deal. In 2017, Walton was back and forth between Miami and the team’s G-League affiliate on a two-way contract.

Walton played 16 games for the Heat and 27 games for the Sioux Falls Sky Force last season. He averaged 1.8 points, 1.0 assists and 1.0 rebounds at the NBA level. The 6-foot, 185-pound guard posted 16.1 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in the G-League.

Coming out of Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods, Walton spent four seasons with Michigan. In 2016-17, his senior season, the point guard dropped in 15.5 points per game and shot 42.2 percent from 3-point range.

Under coach Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls went 27-55 last season. Chicago has point guards Cameron Payne, Kris Dunn and Ryan Arcidiacono on its roster.

Walton joins former teammates Moritz Wagner and Duncan Robinson as former Wolverines that hold an NBA contract. Wagner and Robinson are rookies for the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, respectively.

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