1. Philadelphia 76ers: Missing Kyle Lowry, adding Andre Drummond
As much as a Philadelphia reunion made sense for the Villanova alum, it sounds like Lowry had his mind made up on going to Miami for some time now. With Brooklyn and Milwaukee starting to separate, Daryl Morey needed to cook up something big in order to keep pace.
Drummond, who famously does not get along with Joel Embiid, signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia after the departure of Dwight Howard. With Lowry spurning them for Miami, Philly decided to retort by…signing a backup center that might be a negative asset on the floor in the playoffs due to his poor defense.
Andre Drummond won’t help the 76ers move the needle.
Howard and Drummond are still elite rebounders, but Howard can still defend the paint. Drummond will get his double-doubles, but his Lakers stint showed that his inefficiency as a finisher and awful defense at times can get exposed in the postseason. This is Philly’s response after Miami took Lowry from them?
Oh, and they still don’t know what they’re doing with Ben Simmons. He is still a complete non-shooter, and they haven’t traded him because of his declining stock and the fact they want 9,000 first-round picks in exchange for him. It’s safe to say things haven’t gone according to plan in Philadelphia.