The Hawks have managed to sneak in at least one more trade on deadline day. Thursday afternoon, they acquired Derrick Walton Jr. and $1.3 million cash from the Los Angeles Clippers for a top 55 protected second-round pick.
League source confirms Clippers sending $1.3M cash and Derrick Walton to Atlanta for a top-55 protected 2nd that likely will never convey.
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) February 6, 2020
Per Chris Kirchner of The Athletic, the Hawks do not plan to hold onto him:
The Hawks are not planning to hold on to Derrick Walton Jr., per source.
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) February 6, 2020
Walton played his college ball at the University of Michigan. The four-year player went undrafted out of school in 2017 and signed with the Orlando Magic in Summer League. He later joined the Miami Heat on a two-way contract, playing the majority of his contests in the G-League but did play in 16 games for Miami.
Walton signed with the Bulls in August of 2018 but was released just months later. He played last season overseas between Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania and Alba Berlin of Germany.
Walton spent the 2019 Summer League with the Clippers, and the team ultimately offered him an Exhibit 10 contract. He made the roster and has appeared in 23 games, albeit in limited playing time.
Atlanta has been the most active team prior to the trade deadline, and according to Keith Smith, they may not be done yet.
Source: The Atlanta Hawks aren't done looking for trades, even after adding Clint Capela and DeWayne Dedmon. Atlanta has opened up two roster spots and will be the third team in deals to help facilitate in exchange for an asset(s) back. Willing to take on some 2020-21 money too.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 6, 2020
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