Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN just announced that the Clippers have traded Derrick Walton Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for cash. The reasoning behind this for the Clippers would seem to be to clear a roster spot, whether for a buyout player in free agency, or for a two-for-one trade. That open slot gives the Clippers flexibility, whether for now or down the stretch, and could come in handy.
Clippers are trading G Derrick Walton Jr., to the Atlanta Hawks for cash, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
Walton played in 23 games for the Clips, averaging 2.2 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 9.7 minutes per game. Despite the underwhelming stats, Walton legitimately helped the Clippers win a couple games this season, and was a reliable bench guard who put forth consistent effort and execution when called upon. He was passed on the depth chart by Jerome Robinson in recent weeks, but his steadiness and ability to shoot the three made him a fan favorite in his brief time in LA.
Unfortunately, it has already been stated that the Hawks do not plan on keeping Walton. Hopefully he’s able to find another home in the NBA soon - he’s clearly an NBA talent, and deserves a real shot in some team’s rotation. Good luck to D-Walt, and keep your eyes peeled for further news coming down the pipeline soon!
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