March Madness is about to take on a whole new meaning because the NBA trade deadline is finally upon us.
With Daryl Morey in charge, you can expect the trade rumors to be flying. Arguably the biggest rumor surrounding the Sixers surrounds Kyle Lowry and his potential return to the City of Brotherly Love.
Kyle Lowry has always been a thorn in the side of the Sixers. His gritty play style can be attributed to his upbringing in North Philly, and that same grit is exactly what the Sixers need.
This Sixers team has a chance to win a championship, but in all honesty, they need another piece to truly compete with the Brooklyn Nets.
In Lowry, the Sixers would be getting a battle-tested point guard with championship experience who would serve as another leader on the court. A lineup of Lowry, Embiid, Simmons, Harris, and Curry is one that Doc Rivers can ride throughout the postseason. The biggest reason Kyle Lowry is such an attractive trade target is because of his ability to run an offense.
Lowry paired with Ben Simmons would give the Sixers an elite facilitator on the court for 48 minutes. There might be some area of concern given the fact that there is only one basketball, but Lowry’s 39.4% clip from three would help any potential spacing issues. Lowry has shown he can play off the ball in the past with Kawhi Leonard and Demar Derozan, so there would not be any issues with a Lowry and Simmons lineup.
Another angle to look at with a potential Lowry and Simmons lineup comes with what it could do for Simmons on offense. Ben Simmons was never meant to be a true point guard. While he operates well with the ball in his hands, having Lowry take up some ball-handling duties with Simmons on the court would allow him to play a Draymond Green like a role that suits his style of play better.
Ultimately what a potential Kyle Lowry deal comes down to is the package the Sixers would be giving back to Toronto. Danny Green and Mike Scott would need to be included for cap reasons due to Lowry’s $30 million contract. The Raptors would also want one of Matisse Thybulle or Tyrese Maxey.
Both players are right on the line of being untouchables, but if they can help Morey get a player who will boost the Sixers’ chances at a title, then they might be shipped away.
Everything during this time of the year must be taken with a grain of salt. Rumors will continue to fly up until 3 P.M. on Thursday. Regardless of the rumors, you can expect the Sixers to look at every possible avenue to bring a player who will help them win a championship.
If the right deal is there, Daryl Morey will certainly pull the trigger.
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