Philadelphia is set to welcome back former Villanova grad Kyle Lowry, as he has negotiated a buyout with the Charlotte Hornets and plans to sign with the 76ers once he clears waivers. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news, confirming what many had been anticipating.
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 fell 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.
As a veteran backup for Tyrese Maxey alongside Cameron Payne, Lowry will bring 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. The arrival of Lowry also raises questions about how minutes will be divided between him and Maxey under coach Nick Nurse.