Fresh off a pair of home wins, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne has moved to strengthen its backcourt by signing point guard Derrick Walton Jr. until the end of the current season. Walton (1.84 meters, 25 years old) brings with him Turkish Airlines EuroLeague experience after having played 17 games for Zalgiris Kaunas during the 2018-19 season, averaging 4.6 points and 2.5 assists in under 13 minutes a game during that stint. Since turning pro out of Michigan University in 2017, Walton has also played parts of two seasons in the NBA, including 26 games split between the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit last season. Overall, he has averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebound in 9.4 minutes across 42 NBA games. After leaving Zalgiris in February of 2019, he joined ALBA Berlin after the 7DAYS EuroCup signing deadline and therefore didn't play as the team made that season's finals, finishing second to Valencia Basket, although he did help ALBA reach the German League finals by averaging 9.8 points and 4.4 assists in 20 minutes per game.
"We are delighted to welcome Derrick to our club," ASVEL president Tony Parker said in a statement. "With the schedule that promises to be very busy in 2021, we quickly positioned ourselves on the necessary arrival of a new player at this position but we wanted to take our time a lot so as not to miss the wrong profile. We wanted someone who fits perfectly into the collective and we have confidence in him to succeed in doing so very quickly."