Former All-Star Kyle Lowry is returning to his hometown, agreeing to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent following his contract buyout with Charlotte, per multiple reports.
Lowry — who played his high school basketball at Cardinal Dougherty and college ball at Villanova — has long hoped to return to Philadelphia to join the Sixers. At 37 years old, Lowry gets the chance for the rest of this season with his old coach, Nick Nurse. https://t.co/zQQRSyVKlA
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Lowry had been averaging 8.2 points and 4.0 assists in 28 minutes per game with Miami through Jan. 23, when the Heat traded him to Charlotte for Terry Rozier along with a first-round pick.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lowry attended Villanova before entering the NBA in 2006 as the 26th overall pick to Memphis. Lowry would subsequently play for Houston and Toronto, making six All-Star appearances with the Raptors. He then spent two-plus seasons in Miami before he was dealt to Charlotte.
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Lowry had started in each of his first 35 appearances with the Heat this season, then was taken out of the starting five in mid-January, and it didn’t take long for speculation to begin that his time with Miami was running short.
He averaged 8.2 points and four assists per game for the Heat this season, turns 38 in March and is on a $29.7 million expiring contract. He struggled in his final five games with Miami, shooting 5 for 30 and averaging only two points and 3.6 assists in that span.
The 76ers mark Lowry’s fifth team in 17 NBA seasons. He’s averaging 14.4 points and 6.2 assists over that span.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.