Sixers officially sign Kyle Lowry, will wear number 7

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Toronto Raptors guard RJ Barrett (9) protects the ball from Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Well, it’s official. The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Kyle Lowry after the veteran guard was bought out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets. Now back home in Philly, Lowry is expected to help the Sixers on their journey to contention this season, assuming the eventual return of superstar Joel Embiid.

Lowry will continue to wear No. 7 with the Sixers as he has for most of his career. Sixers backup center Mo Bamba, who had been wearing No. 7 all season long, will officially switch to No. 5.

Averaging 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game in 37 games this season for the Miami Heat, Lowry has proven that, while he is not the player he once was, there is still plenty he can provide to a contending team. In a reduced role, and alongside Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, Lowry can thrive as a contributor off the bench for the Sixers.