The NBA world was buzzing with news as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the story that Villanova grad Kyle Lowry is returning to Philadelphia. The veteran point guard has negotiated a buyout with the Charlotte Hornets and plans to sign with the 76ers once he clears waivers.
Lowry, who averaged 8.2 points and four assists a game this season for the Miami Heat, is still known for his ability to draw charges. However, he has fallen out of the rotation under coach Erik Spoelstra. The trade to the Hornets as part of the Terry Rozier deal was expected to result in a buyout and a move to Philadelphia.
In Philly, Lowry will serve as a veteran backup for Tyrese Maxey, alongside Cameron Payne. This move also raises the question of how minutes will be divided between them under coach Nick Nurse. Lowry brings a championship pedigree to the Sixers and is known as a high-IQ player who contributes positively in the locker room. However, with his age of 37 and recent fall from the Heat’s rotation, there are concerns about his potential impact if relied upon too heavily.