The Detroit Pistons are in the middle of a lost season. However, any Pistons fans who also root for Michigan basketball just got some good news.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Detroit intends to sign former Wolverines star Derrick Walton Jr. to a 10-day contract. Walton has been a free agent since being released by the Atlanta Hawks two weeks ago. The Hawks acquired Walton via trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
In 23 games (one start) with the Clippers this season, Walton produced 2.2 points and 1.0 assists per contest. He also shot an impressive 9-for-21 from three-point range.
Walton spent all of last season playing in Europe, first with Žalgiris Kaunas and then with Alba Berlin. He helped Alba reach the Basketball Bundesliga finals.
Walton began his NBA career with the Miami Heat in 2017-18, appearing in 16 games as a reserve point guard.
A four-year contributor for the Wolverines from 2013-17, Walton helped the team reach three NCAA Tournaments. Michigan reached the Elite Eight in Walton's freshman season and the Sweet Sixteen when he was a senior.
Walton was also a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, including a second-team selection as a senior. That year, he was named MVP of the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C., which Michigan won as the No. 8 seed.