Factor in Milton’s perpetually poor defensive effort, and you’re left with a 25-year-old combo guard with a team option on his contract for 2022-23 and a questionable fit in the team’s future, depending on whether Tyrese Maxey, Ben Simmons, or Damian Lillard is running the point moving forward.
With all of those potential futures in mind, how secure is Shake Milton in the Philadelphia 76ers’ future?
Shake Milton presents the Philadelphia 76ers with a unique asset.
If Tyrese Maxey is the Philadelphia 76ers’ point guard moving forward, they probably can’t roll with Shake Milton as the team’s PG2.
Now granted, that doesn’t mean Milton has to be traded immediately per se, as his best position at the NBA level might just be as an off-ball shooting guard with secondary ball-handling duties, but to really optimize Maxey’s potential both in the regular season and once playoff basketball rolls around, the team might just be better off landing a two-way veteran guard who can play alongside or in place of the second-year secondary scoring threat. If you’re one of those people who throws Milton in as matching salary every time you fire up the trade machine, may I suggest thinking otherwise next time? Milton’s a good, albeit flawed player who has value around the league and maybe even on the Philadelphia 76ers, depending on how their roster evolves over the coming months.