After executing multiple maneuvers this week — headlined by the acquisition of Clint Capela and the return of Dewayne Dedmon — the Atlanta Hawks entered Thursday with two open roster sports. In relatively short order, word broke that the front office would make use of a bit of that flexibility, with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reporting that the Hawks will acquire Derrick Walton Jr. in a deal with the L.A. Clippers.
Clippers are trading G Derrick Walton Jr., to the Atlanta Hawks for cash, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
Despite the wording of the above report, the cash would seemingly be coming from the Clippers to the Hawks in the deal, with Atlanta having no reason to send it to Los Angeles. Furthermore, the Hawks have to send something to the Clippers, though it could be a “fake” second round pick or the rights to a player wholly unlikely to appear in the NBA.
In fact, Chris Haynes of Yahoo reports that $1.3 million will change hands, with the Hawks sending a second-round pick to L.A.
The Clippers are trading Derrick Walton Jr. to the Hawks for a second round pick and $1.3 million in cash, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 6, 2020
Later, John Hollinger of The Athletic confirmed that the money will be sent from the Clippers to the Hawks, with the aforementioned “fake” second round pick.
League source confirms Clippers sending $1.3M cash and Derrick Walton to Atlanta for a top-55 protected 2nd that likely will never convey.— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) February 6, 2020
From there, the Hawks will reportedly move on from Walton Jr. immediately.
The Hawks are not planning to hold on to Derrick Walton Jr., per source.— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) February 6, 2020
Walton is owed $1.445 million for this season, and the former Michigan guard is at least mildly intriguing. However, the Hawks have three point guards already on the roster in Trae Young, Jeff Teague and Brandon Goodwin, lessening any need to acquire help at the position.
Depending on how the Hawks order their transactions, they could be active again before the 3:00 pm ET deadline. Provided Walton is indeed waived, though, Atlanta will have two roster spots to utilize.