The Toronto Raptors will look under every crevice for cheap talent with a somewhat high offensive ceiling as they try to improve their roster. This could lead them back to one of their most hated rivals in the Philadelphia 76ers, as they likely won’t bring their whole roster back.
The 76ers imploded against the Boston Celtics, with Joel Embiid and James Harden both playing well below the standard that was expected of them. The 76ers have some big names hitting free agency, including Harden, and not all of them will be back next season.
If the Raptors want to use Philadelphia’s postseason collapse to their benefit, they could target a player like Shake Milton in free agency. Milton, a firm rotation presence for Philly in the last three seasons, is an unrestricted free agent that could cash in this offseason.
Milton is not going to change your fortune, but there is a lot to like about his player profile on a Raptors team that is in need of more young players that can shoot from 3-point range. Milton won’t cost a ton for a Raptors team that is minding its finances in the next few years.
Will the Toronto Raptors sign Shake Milton?
Milton averaged 8.4 points per game last season while making 48% of his shots from the field and 38% of his 3-pointers. The efficiency he displayed shows that he could thrive on a Raptors team that might give him a longer leash on the offensive end than the star-heavy 76ers did.
Milton fell out of the rotation in the Boston series, but the fact that he and Jalen McDaniels both did not play very much in a series where they would have helped is more of an indictment of Doc Rivers than anything else. Milton is still a productive ball-handler, shooter, and creator at the NBA level.
Milton could be a solid mid-level exception target for the Raptors, as signing him to a contract is not that dissimilar to what Otto Porter Jr. got following his Golden State stint might be the best for both parties. It’s certainly preferable to spinning the backup point guard wheel again and betting on Malachi Flynn.
Milton fell out of favor in Philadelphia, but a team like Toronto will give him a great landing spot to rejuvenate his career. Milton has shown to be a positive addition to Philly on the wing, per Cleaning the Glass. That first big Milton 3-pointer in Wells Fargo Center wearing Raptors colors will hit Daryl Morey where it hurts.