Kyle Lowry is expected to be one of the most coveted superstars in the upcoming free agency. Though most people see him re-signing with the Toronto Raptors, there are rumors that Lowry wants to play for his hometown team, Philadelphia 76ers, and reunite with Bryan Colangelo.
For the second straight seasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers prevented the Raptors from dominating the Eastern Conference. The explosive backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is obviously not enough to dethrone the Cavaliers. With their inability to contend for the title, the 2016-17 NBA season could be the last season Lowry and DeRozan will play together in one team.
NBA Free Agency: Kyle Lowry joining the Philadelphia 76ers
Kyle Lowry plans to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Raptors and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri already expressed his intention to bring the 31-year-old point guard back on their team. They could give him a five-year, $200 million-plus deal.
However, there are speculations that Lowry will consider entertaining other offers in the upcoming offseason. According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lowry is interested in playing for his hometown team, Philadelphia 76ers. Lowry built a good relationship with Sixers president Bryan Colangelo when he’s still playing for the Houston Rockets.
“Sources have said the North Philly native has been interested in playing for the Sixers for some time. The speculation only heightened once Bryan Colangelo became the president of basketball operations in April 2016. As the Raptors general manager, Colangelo acquired Lowry in a trade from the Houston Rockets on July 11, 2012. The two have remained good friends since then. And sources have always said that the Sixers planned to offer Lowry a lucrative contract this summer,” Pompey wrote.
NBA Free Agency: Sixers need to go hard on Kyle Lowry
The Sixers obviously need a player of Lowry’s caliber. They may have a formidable frontcourt but their backcourt remains a big concern. Using Ben Simmons as their starting point guard next season would be quite risky as Simmons never played such role in his entire basketball career.
When healthy, Lowry can be lined up to the elite point guards in the league. In 60 games he played this season, he posted career-highs 22.4 points and 4.8 rebounds together with seven assists. He also shot career-best 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. If the Sixers are serious about adding him, they could offer him approximately $152 million over four years.
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