MIAMI — With the Heat’s roster as healthy as it’s been this season, both of their two-way contract players have been sent back to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Miami announced before Saturday’s game against the Wizards that point guard Derrick Walton Jr. rejoined the organization’s G League affiliate as part of his two-way contract. Walton has one NBA day remaining on his deal.
Forward Derrick Jones Jr., who has four NBA days remaining, was sent back to the Skyforce on Tuesday as part of his two way contract.
Players signed to a two-way contract can spend up to 45 days with their NBA teams during the season and the rest of the time must be spent with the NBA team’s developmental affiliate.
After a two-way player has reached their 45-day NBA limit, they either must be converted to a standard NBA contract, remain in the G League for the rest of the season or be waived. If the Heat decide to convert Walton or Jones to a standard contract, they would need to open a spot on their 15-man roster to make room.
But after the March 24 end of the G League season, two-way contract players are allowed to spend the rest of the regular season on NBA rosters regardless of how many NBA days are remaining on their deals. These players are not eligible for the NBA playoffs, however, unless their contracts are converted to a standard NBA deal by the final day of the NBA regular season.
Walton is averaging 16.4 points, 6.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 21 games with the Skyforce this season. Jones is averaging 20.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks in nine games with the Skyforce this season.