4 Philadelphia 76ers who are now playing for their NBA future

The Philadelphia 76ers are still working to guarantee a playoff spot, but these four players are playing for much more than that.

76ers, Kyle Lowry
76ers, Kyle Lowry / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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With 20 games still remaining in the regular season, the Philadelphia 76ers still have a lot of ground to improve their current playoff seeding. As of writing, they are seated in seventh place and in the play-in tournament picture, though they are only 1.5 games away from having home court advantage in the first-round as the fourth seed.

Clearly, the 76ers have a clear-cut mission before the postseason kicks in. However, the roster is literally filled with impending free agents from top to bottom, with some of those players having uncertain futures altogether in the NBA. Here are four of them.

4 Philadelphia 76ers who are now playing for their NBA future

1. Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry, probably the most decorated player in Raptors history, reunited with Nick Nurse in Philly, and so far, it’s been a prominent pairing. He’s logging almost 30 minutes per outing for the 76ers — thanks in large part to injuries still hampering key rotation pieces, inlcuding Tyrese Maxey.

Having said that, it remains to be seen if the 37-year-old still has enough left in the tank to warrant another long contract. Lowry has adjusted his game by settling for a more low-usage role, but considering the short list of win-now teams with cap space and positional need for his services, nabbing significant money could be tough for the veteran.

The safe bet is that Lowry will eventually find a home, whether in Philadelphia or elsewhere, for his 19th season, but these remaining games, as well as the playoffs, would be the pendulum swinger for his fate as he approaches the end of his very impressive career.