For years after making the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012, the Philadelphia 76ers quickly became one of the “laughing stocks” of the entire NBA and won a combined 47 games from 2013-2016. This organization was under a lot of heat during this time frame, but then the “Trust the Process” movement started within this organization and fan base and began resonating.
Things were bad, but Philly began adding more and more talent to their roster until they won 52 games during the 2017-18 season and made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Now, the 76ers finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference this year and have real title aspirations.
Joel Embiid finished second in this year’s MVP voting and with Ben Simmons in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, the 76ers have their best team since 2000-01 when Allen Iverson took the 76ers to the NBA Finals, ultimately losing to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Philadelphia has a strong chance to make it to the NBA Finals this season, they will be searching for ways to add even more talent to their roster in the offseason.
At the NBA trade deadline this year, the 76ers were featured in trade rumors for how close they were to getting a deal done to acquire Kyle Lowry, but then the Toronto Raptors stopped trade talks and decided to keep the veteran guard, who is set to become a free agent this offseason.
Lowry grew up in Philadelphia and not only played his high school basketball there, but played his college basketball as well as he attended Villanova. Coming back home to Philly would definitely be something that could peak Lowry’s interest in the offseason, which is why they could look to go after the 6x All-Star in free agency.
Given that Embiid, Simmons and Harris combine for over $100M in salaries, the Philadelphia 76ers do not have the ability to go out and sign Lowry to a big contract in free agency, but they could potentially get away with a sign-and-trade. However, as Keith Pompey of Philadelphia Enquirer reported, the Sixers would need to pay him a salary within the range of at least $25 million to $30 million per season.
With that said, let’s take a look at a potential trade package that would send Kyle Lowry to the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason, making the Sixers even better than they have been this year.