Noah Levick: Can confirm @Keith Pompey that the Sixers are waiving Ryan Broekhoff and Derrick Walton Jr. The plan is for Walton to join the Blue Coats, per source.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The 76ers agreed to a one-year deal with free agent G Derrick Walton Jr., sources tell ESPN.
Even with a 10-day deal, Walton isn’t worried about making a big impression and putting additional pressure on himself. He wants to take things in stride and figure out what the coaching staff wants and to transition into that. It’s what he’s always done — and what got him a shot with the Miami Heat as an undrafted rookie. “I can shoot it and that's what I hung my hat on. I'm a better defender than I get credit for. And overall, I think I'm just a heady player,” Walton said. “I'm this guy that's always thinking two steps ahead.”
Shams Charania: The Pistons plan to sign guard Derrick Walton Jr. to a 10-day contract, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Andrew Greif: Guard Derrick Walton Jr. has filled the Clippers’ final roster spot. He’s been signed to a 1-year, non-guaranteed deal, source told @latimessports.
The Clippers have signed free agent point guard Derrick Walton Jr., according to RealGM’s official log of NBA transactions. Details aren’t known, but RealGM classifies it as a one-year contract, so an Exhibit 10 deal seems likely.
Ira Winderman: Former Heat guard Derrick Walton Jr. has signed with the Bulls. The Heat pulled his qualifying offer in July, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Mike McGraw: Told Derrick Walton Jr. signing with #Bulls is a training camp addition. Not likely to make team, but you never know. Former Michigan PG was two-way for Miami last season.
What the last year amounted to is a crash course in the real world. “It opened my eyes to the business side of the game,” Walton confessed earlier this week. “Going into it, it’s all about the love of the game. Obviously, I love basketball, I love what I do. I remember at the beginning, I walked into agency meetings and I was like, ‘Look, I don’t really care about none of the other stuff. I just want to make sure I’m in the best position to perform.’ I mean, how dumb does that sound? That’s how naive I was and that’s how I approached it.” Walton, 23, says he knows where he’ll play next season. An agreement is in place, but his agent, Mark Bartelstein, is requiring him to sit on the news until next week. All Walton can put out publicly is this: “Long story short, I’m good. I’m going to a great situation. All I can say.” Having that settled makes it easier to decompress and process his rookie season and the lessons learned.
Barry Jackson: Derrick Walton Jr., one of the Heat's two-way players last season, intends to sign with the Chicago Bulls, agent Mark Bartelstein told me. Walton played with the Heat in summer league in July.
The Heat withdrew their offer after Derrick Walton Jr. struggled with his shooting during summer league. And now, Walton's an unrestricted free agent. But, according to Walton, not for long. "I'll be making a decision in the next couple days, and (that's) pretty much all I can say about it," Walton said.
Ira Winderman: The Miami Heat have withdrawn their qualifying offer to guard Derrick Walton Jr. He is now an unrestricted free agent, putting his future with the team in doubt.
Barry Jackson: Derrick Walton Jr. will remain with Heat in summer league this week even though Miami withdrew qualifying offer today, FYI. Heat will look at other options for second 2 way contract (along with Duncan Robinson, who got a 2 way)
Albert Nahmad: Heat have tendered qualifying offers to both Derrick Walton Jr. and Derrick Jones Jr., making them restricted free agents with $1.3M cap holds. Coming off two-way contracts, their qualifying offers will be another two-way, for the $77,250 two-way salary, with $50,000 protected.
The Miami Heat have extended a qualifying offer to guard Derrick Walton Jr. for another two-way contract for next season. The offer makes Walton a restricted free agent, with the Heat with the right to match outside bids at Sunday's start of free agency.
May 17, 2021 | 7:44 am EDT Update
Birch certainly gives the impression that he would love to be back with Toronto and it’s hard to imagine the Raptors wouldn’t have a role for him. But he’ll be 29 next season, so the contract will have to be right also. He’s coming off a two-year deal that paid him $6 million and would doubtless like some security on his next deal. “I think [on-court] fit and financial is probably what’s tied right now,” said Birch. “I’ve seen a lot of guys who actually go for financial but they get flushed out after their contracts [are over]. So I think fit is very important because I don’t want to just be the kind of guy who gets money and gets flushed out. I actually want to have a career and play a big part on a championship-level team or just win. That’s my goal.”
Sports tech company Genius Sports is partnering with the National Basketball Association’s league in Africa, which will see the firm provide official real-time stats and incorporate new technology. The agreement, announced Monday, could be the first step in introducing a wave of new sports data and gaming features for media and betting companies.
Genius is a major player in sports. This deal will allow the company to innovate with BAL and create second- and third-screen engagement for viewers. Genius has clients including top sports betting companies Penn National, DraftKings and Fan Duel, and networks including Disney’s ESPN and ViacomCBS.
May 17, 2021 | 4:43 am EDT Update
With a first-round rematch between their teams set, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic said there are no hard feelings remaining from the heated rivalry that he developed with LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. during last season’s playoff series. According to Doncic, Morris apologized to him during a game earlier this season about stepping on the back of Doncic’s left ankle in Game 5, a controversial play that the Mavs considered dirty with their star playing on a sprained ankle.
“He’s a hell of a player, hell of a defender,” said Doncic, who averaged 31 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game in last season’s series during his first NBA postseason. “Trash talk is always there, and if it’s not, you’re not really competing. It’s going to be great.”
When The Athletic recently asked Martins whether the team intends to extend Weltman’s contract, Martins said it is team policy not to comment publicly on contract discussions. But Martins also indicated that he and the DeVos family have been pleased with the performance of Weltman and GM John Hammond.