Top Zhaire Smith News

  • Zhaire Smith: Does not play once again

    Smith didn't play in Saturday's loss against Erie.

    Smith has yet to debut for the Hustle this season, and it's not entirely clear whether he will suit up for the team. He averaged 13.5 points per game while shooting 53 percent from the field in 28 G League contests last season, so he should provide a boost for the Hustle if he ends up playing at some point before the regular season comes to an end.

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  • Grizzlies' Zhaire Smith: Signs on with Grizzlies

    Smith signed with the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it's likely a partially guaranteed contract for Smith -- a first-round pick in 2018. The Texas Tech product appeared in only 13 games over two seasons in Philadelphia and will look to revive his career in Memphis.

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  • Zhaire Smith: Officially waived by Detroit

    Smith was waived by the Pistons on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Detroit acquired Smith from Philadelphia on Nov. 22, and the expectation all along was that he'd eventually be waived. The Pistons made it official Monday, parting ways with the 2018 first-round pick out of Texas Tech. Through two seasons, Smith has appeared in just 13 NBA games.

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  • Zhaire Smith: Likely to be waived by Detroit

    The Pistons intend to waive Smith (knee), who was acquired Sunday in a trade with the 76ers, Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News reports.

    Detroit sent center Tony Bradley to Philadelphia in exchange for Smith, a 2018 first-round pick who has played in just 13 NBA games while battling a variety of health issues over his first two professional seasons. While the 21-year-old would seemingly be an ideal developmental prospect for a rebuilding club, the Pistons apparently have other players who rank as higher priorities for spots at the back end of the roster. Smith didn't accompany the 76ers to the NBA bubble in Orlando this summer due to a bone bruise in his left knee, but he should be ready to go for the start of the 2020-21 campaign.

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  • Pistons' Zhaire Smith: Sent to Pistons

    Smith (knee) was traded from the 76ers to the Pistons on Sunday in exchange for Tony Bradley, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The 2018 first-round pick appeared in only seven games during the 2019-20 campaign and averaged 4.6 minutes, and he didn't travel to the NBA bubble in Orlando due to a bone bruise in his left knee. Smith will get a fresh start in Detroit, though it's unclear if he'll be healthy for the start of the season.

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  • 76ers' Zhaire Smith: Won't play in Orlando

    Smith will not play in Orlando due to a bone bruise in his left knee, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.

    The start of Smith's NBA career continues to be riddled with injuries, as he's appeared in just 13 contests through his first two professional seasons. The 2019 first-round pick began experiencing pain in the knee during workouts last week and has been undergoing treatment in the days since. At this point, the Sixers expect Smith to be at full strength by the time the start of the 2020-21 season rolls around. The Texas Tech product saw action in just seven games for Philadelphia prior to the shutdown, totaling eight points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

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  • 76ers' Zhaire Smith: May have long-term stay in G League

    G League Delaware coach Connor Johnson said Sunday that he expects Smith to remain with the affiliate for the foreseeable future before rejoining the 76ers once the regular season ends, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports.

    The 2018 first-round pick has stayed healthy this season after missing extensive action as a rookie, but the playoff-contending 76ers simply don't have a spot in the rotation for Smith. As a result, he's made several appearances in the G League throughout the season to pick up playing time, and it looks like that plan will remain in place for the next month. Smith may rejoin the 76ers on a few occasions before the regular season concludes, but likely just as a depth option rather than as a rotation player.

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  • 76ers' Zhaire Smith: Scores 16 off bench

    Smith had 16 points (7-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal over 31 minutes in Thursday's G League loss to Wisconsin.

    After missing nearly a month of G League action, Smith's production has picked up over his past three appearances, as he's averaged 15.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game during that span. Smith has primarily operated off the bench this season, but he's generally been able to capitalize on his opportunities.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Garland, TX, USA
Age: 22
Class: Sophomore