NBA Rumors: Sixers Plan To Pursue Kyle Lowry Via 'Sign-And-Trade' In 2021 Free Agency

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In the past months, rumors have been continuously swirling around veteran point guard Kyle Lowry and his future with the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors may have chosen to keep him at the 2021 trade deadline, but his departure from Toronto seems inevitable. Though they have the capability to give him a decent contract in the 2021 free agency, re-signing Lowry may no longer make sense for the Raptors, especially if they push through with their plan to undergo a rebuilding process this summer.

Sixers' Interest In Kyle Lowry Remains 'Very Strong'

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Once he becomes an unrestricted free agent, several teams that are in dire need of a backcourt boost and an additional star power are expected to express a strong interest in signing Lowry. One of the title contenders that are being heavily linked to Lowry is his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Sixers are planning to explore a sign-and-trade scenario with the Raptors to acquire Lowry in the 2021 free agency.

"Sources say the Sixers still plan on pursuing him by way of a possible sign-and-trade," Amick wrote, as quoted by Yahoo Sports. "While they added George Hill at the deadline in lieu of Lowry, only $1.2 million of his $10 million salary for next season is guaranteed, and the deal expires at that point. The Lowry interest remains very strong there."

Sixers Tried To Acquire Kyle Lowry Before 2021 Trade Deadline

It wouldn't really be a surprise if the Sixers chase Lowry this summer. The Sixers have been interested in adding him to their roster since the start of the 2020-21 NBA season. As Amick noted, the Sixers were one of the three teams that tried to acquire Lowry from the Raptors before the 2021 trade deadline.

Unfortunately, during that time, the Raptors' asking price for Lowry was too high. Though they would still be needing to give up some valuable assets to land him via a sign-and-trade deal, the Raptors are highly likely to lower their demand for their incoming free agent point guard this summer.

Kyle Lowry's On-Court Impact On Sixers

Lowry would undeniably be an incredible addition to the Sixers. His arrival in the City of Brotherly Love would address their need for another playmaker and shot creator and boost their performance on both ends of the floor. He would give them a very reliable third scoring option behind Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, as well as a great passer, rebounder, perimeter defender, and floor-spacer.

This season, the 35-year-old floor general is averaging 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.0 steal while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN. With the years he spent with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan in Toronto, Lowry wouldn't have a hard time making himself fit with Simmons and Embiid in Philadelphia.

Another Potential Suitor Of Kyle Lowry In 2021 Free Agency

As his hometown team, the Sixers indeed have a strong chance of acquiring Lowry in the 2021 free agency. However, they aren't the only title contender that would pursue him this summer. Aside from the Sixers, another Eastern Conference team, the Miami Heat, is also frequently linked to Lowry since the start of the 2020-21 NBA season.

Though they couldn't boast a hometown connection like the Sixers, the Heat currently have one of Lowry's close pal, Jimmy Butler, in South Beach. Also, unlike the Sixers, the Heat no longer have to engage in a sign-and-trade deal with the Raptors since they have enough salary cap space to sign Lowry outright when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.