Derrick Walton Jr. intends to sign with Bulls

Derrick Walton Jr. played in 16 games for the Heat in 2017-18.

Point guard Derrick Walton Jr. intends to sign with the Chicago Bulls, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Walton played this past season with the Miami Heat as a two-way player.

Walton only played in 16 games with the Heat, averaging 1.8 points. He went undrafted out of Michigan in 2017.

The Heat withdrew their qualifying offer on Walton Jr., making him an unrestricted free agent. Walton Jr. struggled to shoot the ball while playing on the Heat’s summer league team, but believes he has been making advances in other parts of his game.

“Just be a lot more defensively minded like I’ve been doing,” Walton Jr. said in summer league. “I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job. I think it’s pretty well known that I can shoot the ball. The fact that I haven’t been making shots at the normal rate doesn’t really alarm me. It doesn’t really bother me. Just, overall, be a leader out there, run the team, be defensive minded, show my playmaking ability.

“I think I’m doing pretty well. But there’s always strides I can make. I think there’s some stuff that I can still do, be a lot more attacking will make me more effective.”

The Bulls currently have three point guards on the roster in Kris DunnCameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono.