Knicks plan to sign waivers Shake Milton Off

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks intend to sign former Detroit Piston Shake Milton to help combat the plethora of injuries on their roster. Once waivers are cleared, Milton will be eligible to appear on the playoff roster, which previously included fellow former Detroiters Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks.

Milton, 27, is best known for spending five seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, where he landed shortly after entering the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks as a second-round pick (54th overall) in the 2018 draft out of Southern Methodist. During the Sixers’ recent playoff runs, Milton was a staple off the bench, averaging 13 points and 3.1 assists during the 2020-21 season on his way to earning votes for the Sixth Man of the Year award.

Milton signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the offseason but was traded to Detroit in a deadline deal and Monte Morris to Minneapolis. He played four games with the Pistons before being released, most notably dropping a rebound before a double-double in a 13-point game in Phoenix on Feb. 14. Milton had not played in any of the Pistons’ last four games, which included a Monday night visit to Madison Square Garden.

Once Milton clears waivers and joins the Knicks roster as expected, New York will be armed with a depth contributor who should also help the team weather a spate of ailments that includes the long-term absences of OG Anunoby and Julius Randle. Last month also saw backcourt men Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo miss at least one game on the injury report.