By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
The Philadelphia 76ers added another veteran floor general to their talented pool of backcourt players confirmed last February 11, 2024.
After agreeing to a contract buyout with the Charlotte Hornets days after the Miami Heat traded him, former NBA champion Kyle Lowry is ready to team up with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey for the rest of the 2023-2024 NBA season.
It was veteran NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN who confirmed the latest development 24 hours after the NBA Trade deadline.
“Charlotte Hornets G Kyle Lowry has agreed on a contract buyout, clearing the way for him to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers upon clearing waivers,” Wojnarowski posted on his official X account.
Lowry’s shooting percentages took a toll since arriving in Miami and wasn’t the same when he was still an efficient two-way star in Toronto.
Before leaving the Raptors in 2021, Lowry was still averaging 17.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game but this season, he is only scoring 8.2 points per contest.
During his second year in Miami, Lowry shot his worst three-point percentage in nine years after tallying 34.5 % from downtown.
According to some NBA analysts, Lowry would be a perfect fit for the Philadelphia system due to his high IQ and defensive prowess.
With the presence of Embiid and Maxey, Lowry won’t need to average double digits in scoring and will shift his focus to playmaking and perimeter defending.
Lowry will also be reuniting with his former head coach Nick Nurse at Philadelphia where they won the NBA championship title together last 2019 when they were still members of the Raptors.