One of the hot topics of the town the last few days has been surrounding Kyle Lowry, who’s set to become a free agent after the NBA season. All signs point to him leaving the Toronto Raptors, and there have even been reports that he wants to go to Western Conference team.
But, Lowry is from Philly, and on Monday, ESPN’s Zach Lowe said the Sixers will be among the suitors recruiting his services for the 2017-18 NBA season.
Today, there’s some smoke to that fire. According to Keith Pompey, not only do the Sixers have interest in adding Lowry, but Lowry has been interested in playing for the Sixers “for some time.” From Pompey’s piece today:
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.
A connection with Colangelo, and the merits of playing on the court with guys like Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric would make coming to the Sixers a pretty good destination, especially when it’s your own backyard.
But not every Sixers fan is in love with a possible Lowry homecoming. His age, cap number and the fact that Simmons may be the point guard of the future leaves fans kind of wondering, “Why?” I can see both sides to the argument, and Lowry’s said he wants to go to a contending team, so I’m not sure a homecoming is in the cards.
But you never know.
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