2. Shake Milton
Milton got the most money this summer as he signed a two-year contract worth $10 million. He is Minnesota’s seventh-highest-paid player this season and excelled playing 20 minutes per game for the 76ers for four straight seasons. He slipped from Philadelphia’s playoff rotation last season, and things have not gone as planned in Minnesota.
Milton began the regular season in the rotation, but he has struggled to hit shots and make plays. The 27-year-old is averaging 5.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 0.9 turnovers in 14.5 minutes per game while shooting 38.8 percent from the field and 27.1 percent on his 3-point tries. Milton’s poor play has caused him to slip from the rotation and likely puts his contract firmly on the trade block ahead of the Feb. 8 deadline.
The 6’5 wing should be in his prime and is a career 35.9 percent 3-point shooter. He has shown some secondary playmaking ability and offers defensive versatility. Things have just not worked in Minnesota. It happens to role players, especially ones with inconsistent jumpers like Milton.
Shake Milton will get another crack in the Timberwolves rotation, but can he start making shots? He has certainly underperformed expectations and could have a new home after the trade deadline.