The Charlotte Hornets are reportedly buying out Kyle Lowry, who will then sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. This move has been anticipated for some time and is now official, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news.
Lowry, a Villanova graduate, averaged 8.2 points and four assists per game for the Miami Heat this season but has fallen 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 and Cameron Payne, raising questions about 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, at 37 years old and having recently fallen from the Heat’s rotation, there are concerns about his potential impact if relied upon too heavily.