The return of Villanova grad Kyle Lowry to Philadelphia is official as he has negotiated a buyout with the Charlotte Hornets and plans to sign with the 76ers once he clears waivers. This move, which was anticipated, is now official as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Lowry averaged 8.2 points and four assists a game this season for the Miami Heat but 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.
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.