Walton Jr. will sign training camp deal with Bulls

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

Point guard Derrick Walton Jr. will sign a training camp deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to Mike McGraw of the Daily 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, making him an unrestricted free-agent. Walton 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 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.”

Walton told The Athletic this past season opened his eyes to the business side of the NBA.

“It opened my eyes to the business side of the game,” Walton said. “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. Long story short, I’m good. I’m going to a great situation.”

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