Philadelphia is Kyle Lowry’s hometown so when tell-tale signs the free agent point guard is relocating, the City of Brotherly Love popped out first among the lists.
This summer, the 76ers are reportedly dangling a juicy offer for the 6-foot-1 Lowry, who is said to be seeking a new home after the Toronto Raptors were recently swept by the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The All-Star point guard had declared he wants to opt out of his contract to become a free agent, sending several teams to scamper to get him.
The tie that binds in this hot talk involving the Sixers are Lowry and Philadelphia president for basketball operations Bryan Colangelo.
When he was Raptors general manager, Colangelo got Lowry in a trade from the Houston Rockets on July 11, 2012. The two are still good friends up to now.
So in this Lowry-to-Sixers link, can the dependable guard gel with Philadelphia?
The team has a wealth of cap space and as they try to rebuild, they need a veteran to complement its young nucleus of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Robert Covington.
A Lowry-Simmons backcourt tandem could be a problem for opposing teams but a major transition is needed for this to prosper.
And perhaps by the time Embiid and Simmons are in their peak, the 31-year-old Lowry will be on his waning form. Embiid is 23, while Simmons is only 20.
However, if Lowry keeps his A-game, he could be an asset in Philadelphia’s target to make it to the postseason.
Maybe, a maximum contract could spur Lowry to be of major help but that remains to be seen.
With the Raptors, Lowry averaged a career-high 22.4 points per game, second to Demar DeRozan, he also had a team-leading 7.0 assist average per game, as well as 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
In their intention to field a competitive team, the Sixers could acquire the services of a top-two pick during this year’s NBA draft.
They could pick either Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball, but experts see that signing Lowry could slow the progress of either Fultz or Ball.
As things stand now, Philadelphia is waiting for a son to return.
Lowry said he wants to win a championship ring. That may be a longshot if he plays with the Sixers but he could yet turn out to be the missing piece as the team strive to regain glory.
But will this be a smart move if it materialises? Can both player and team end up in a win-win situation?
July is just around the corner so we will be waiting if Lowry says “yes’’ to Philly or not.