The Sixers are set to welcome back a familiar face in Kyle Lowry, as he is planning to sign with the team once he clears waivers after negotiating a buyout with the Charlotte Hornets. This news was announced by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Lowry, a Villanova grad, averaged 8.2 points and four assists per game this season for the Miami Heat. Despite his impressive performance, he fell out of the rotation under coach Erik Spoelstra. This move to Philadelphia was expected, as the trade to the Hornets as part of the Terry Rozier deal was intended to result in a buyout and a move to Philly.
In his new role as a veteran backup for Tyrese Maxey, Lowry will bring his championship pedigree and high IQ to the Sixers. He is also known for his ability to draw charges and positively contribute in the locker room. However, concerns have been raised about his potential impact if relied upon too heavily due to his age of 37 and recent fall from grace at Miami.
The addition of Lowry will raise questions about how minutes will be divided between him and Cameron Payne under coach Nick Nurse. Nonetheless, Lowry’s experience and leadership skills make him an valuable asset to any team looking for a veteran presence in the locker room.