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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Ira Winderman: The Miami Heat have withdrawn their qualifying offer to guard Derrick Walton Jr.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.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Derrick Walton Jr. to a Two-Way Contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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There have always been whispers in league circles that Portland should break up the Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum duo, but there has been no indication it will. Portland is a playoff bubble team, though, and has few other avenues to make noteworthy changes.
Tim Bontemps: If today was July 1, I think Durant would leave. I think it’s most likely he signs with the Knicks, and if not the Knicks I could see he and Kawhi Leonard teaming up with the Clippers. I would be surprised if he was with anyone but the Knicks, Clippers or Warriors next season, though. And I also won’t be surprised if he changes his mind plenty of times between now and when he makes that decision.
Lacob’s reasoning: Look at the Warriors’ banners. They have three of them in the past four years. Look at the trophies. Durant has collected two consecutive NBA titles and Finals MVPS since joining the Dubs in 2016. Look at the business opportunities. Durant can re-sign with the Warriors next season to a five-year deal worth $219 million, along with maintain and expanding his business portfolio in Silicon Valley. “It’s not even on my mind,” Lacob said. “There’s no more uncertainty this year than there was last. He’s been on a one-year deal each year. So I don’t really understand what all the hullabaloo is about.”
“He loves being a part of our organization and being a part of the Bay Area,” Lacob said of Durant. “He’s earned the right to be a free agent or do whatever he wants in terms of contract status. I would let it play out and see what happens. I’m not too worried about it.”
To keep Davis past his current contract, the Pelicans will have to ask for more. Can the city and the franchise keep growing with their superstar? That is the pertinent question. “They have to know we’re nothing without them,” Davis said. Oh, Davis is something without them. But he’s also private, and he loves that there aren’t as many demands of him in a smaller market.
There are whispers around the league that neither Jimmy Butler nor Kawhi Leonard wants to play with LeBron, and sources I’ve talked to would be shocked if Klay Thompson left Golden State. That might leave the Lakers with Walker or Middleton as their top remaining free-agent targets. If I’m the Hornets, that possibility would have me worried.
The Warriors would like to agree to an extension with Thompson before he becomes a free agent next summer. Same thing with Green before he is on the market in 2020. They are talking with their reps, but nothing has changed. Both want to enter the open market, though, to maximize their deal.