Knicks Sign Former 76er Shake Milton Off Waivers

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Tuesday, New York officially revealed that they had signed Shake Milton, a former Philadelphia 76er. This confirmed a report from the weekend by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.   

After clearing waivers, Milton will be able to join the playoff squad, which already has Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks, both of whom used to play for Detroit.  

Milton, who is 27, is best known for his five seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. He got there soon after joining the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks as the 54th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 draft.   

Milton was a key player off the bench for the Sixers during their recent playoff runs. He averaged 13 points and 3.1 assists per game in 2020–21, which helped him get votes for the Sixth Man of the Year Award.  

During the offseason, Milton signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves; however, he was later transferred to Detroit in a deal that was completed shortly before the deadline.   

Monte Morris was also sent to Minneapolis. Prior to his departure from the Pistons, he participated in four games with the team. One of his most notable performances was a 13-point performance at Phoenix on February 14, in which he came one rebound short of a double-double.   

Up until that point, Milton had not participated in any of the Pistons' most recent four games, which included a trip to Madison Square Garden on a Monday night.  

The Knicks will have a depth chart player once Milton clears waivers and joins the team as planned. This should also help the team get over a string of injuries, including those to OG Anunoby and Julius Randle that will keep them out for a while.   

Backcourt players Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo have also missed at least one game in the past month because of injuries.  

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