5 76ers who could be forced into retirement after the season

These current 76ers may not be in the league next season.

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3. Kyle Lowry

It is fair to question how much the six-time All-Star has left in the tank. The Heat traded him and a first-round draft pick for a point guard upgrade in January. Lowry was waived by the Hornets before signing a rest-of-the-season contract with his hometown Sixers.

There is zero questioning his resume. He helped the Raptors win a championship in 2019 and was one of the league’s best guards for the better part of a decade.

The 38-year-old can no longer play massive minutes and his production has declined. The 76ers have a negative-7.1 net rating with him on the floor this season. Joel Embiid was injured before he arrived in Philly, but it is the worst mark on the team.

Lowry can still space the floor and make plays, but his defense has slipped mightily. The Heat won the Eastern Conference with Lowry playing 26.0 minutes per game in the playoffs last season. He can still ball, but does the veteran want to play after 18 years in the league?

Kyle Lowry will likely be on a minimum contract next season if he decides to continue his NBA career. Several contenders will be interested, but does he find the right fit? There are no guarantees, and it could lead to Lowry hanging up his sneakers.