Walton had 11 points (5-15 FG, 0-6 3PT, 1-2 FT) in Sunday's summer league loss to Charlotte.
Walton was held out of Saturday's contest to rest, but he returned to the starting lineup Sunday and played a team-high 32 minutes. While he struggled from the field, Walton did add six assists, five rebounds and four steals, while committing only one turnover.
Walton has been given Saturday's summer league game against New Orleans off for rest, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports.
Walton has played well through three summer league tilts, totaling 19 points, 18 assists, 10 rebounds and five steals across 80 minutes. As a result, the Heat will reward him by giving him the day off. His next chance to play arrives Sunday.
Walton spent last season on a two-way contract with the Heat, alternating between the big club and the team's G-League affiliate. The 23-year-old ended up seeing action in only 14 games (9.2 mpg) at the NBA level, though the team clearly still sees some upside there considering the qualifying offer. Miami is now able to match any offer Walton receives as a free agent and it seems likely he'll be back in the same jersey on a relatively inexpensive contract. Walton still won't have utility in the bulk of fantasy leagues.
Walton was recalled from the G-League on Sunday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
With the G-League regular season completing this weekend, Walton will rejoin the Heat and should remain on the roster for the rest of the 2017-18 campaign. That said, he's buried on the depth chart and would likely only see a few spot minutes if he were to get on the court in the next few games. Continue to avoid him for fantasy purposes.
Walton was assigned to the G-League on Thursday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Walton is officially out of NBA days on his two-way contract with the Heat, so he'll have to be away from the team at least until the G-League regular season is over on Sunday. Walton played just five minutes Wednesday in what ended up being a blowout victory over the Knicks.
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