Former NBA executive ranks 10 best free agent contracts, loves a Sixers sleeper


The Sixers' roster construction has been heavily scrutinized this season, and for good reason. Players like Al Horford and Tobias Harris commanded huge contracts while the starting lineup failed to gel.

But according to one former NBA exec, free agency wasn't all misses for still-green general manager Elton Brand.

John Hollinger, former Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Grizzlies, ranked his 10 favorite free agent contracts in terms of value, and one Sixers player landed on the list:

Fan-favorite guard Shake Milton.

Here's why Hollinger loves the Milton contract so much:

Shake Milton, 76ers | 3 years, $5.5 million remaining

This could end up as a massive win for Philly, as Milton still has three years left on his contract and it’s a minimum deal, the so-called 'Hinkie Special' that virtually every Sixers roster addition signed during The Process era. While Milton was a draft pick, his contract was not a rookie deal – he served as a two-way player in 2018-19 before inking a four-year deal this past summer.

Milton established himself as a back-end rotation player in Philly this season and, at 23 years old, has time to launch his career further in the coming years.

It's not as splashy or exciting as nailing a superstar contract, but those will rarely win in the "value" category because of how much money the league's best players command.

Milton has been a lot of fun to watch this year, and showed improvement in nearly every department. At the time of the NBA's season pause, he was averaging 9.5 points and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 45.3 percent from deep and 76.5 percent from the free throw line.

And, of course, we had The Shake Milton Game, a midseason joy unto itself.

The Sixers nailing it with a guy like Milton is certainly a good sign about Brand's ability to find hidden talent and build a team in the margins, an important skill in the era of the supermax contract.

(Of course, Hollinger listed both Horford and Harris among the six worst free agent contracts in a separate list, so Brand still has some work to do.)

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