Guard Derrick Walton Jr. rejoins Miami Heat for developmental purposes

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra talks with guard Derrick Walton Jr. during the second half of a preseason game against Charlotte last month.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI – Guard Derrick Walton Jr. is back with the Heat.

Walton was re-called today from Sioux Falls and will be active for tonight’s game against the Pacers.

Walton is on a two-way contract which limits his time in the NBA to 45 days. This is his ninth day against that limit. He has appeared in one game, playing one minute in Miami’s loss at Golden State. Walton also spent the first four days of the season with the Heat before Sioux Falls started training camp.

The Heat have played the last two games one player shy of the allowable 13-man active limit. Forwards Rodney McGruder (stress fracture left leg) and Okaro White (broken bone left foot) remain out and center AJ Hammons is in Sioux Falls.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Heat feel they have enough bodies and recalling Walton is more about development.

“They don’t play for a while, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to spend some time with us,’” Spoelstra said about the Skyforce, who are off until Friday. “It’s more about development. We feel like we can roll with we have.”

Walton has played three games at Sioux Falls, averaging 15.3 points and 8.0 assists while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. The Skyforce, 4-3 overall, are 0-3 in those games Walton has played.

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