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REPORT: Sixers exercise third-year option on Zhaire Smith

Zhaire Smith, Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers have exercised their third-year option on guard Zhaire Smith, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Smith is entering his second season with the Sixers.

Smith only played in six games during his rookie season with the Sixers. He had surgery in August of 2018 to repair a Jones fracture and then had a thoracoscopy in September to address an issue that stemmed from an allergic reaction to a food product.

In the games he played in during the regular season, Smith averaged 6.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Smith played his college ball at Texas Tech University. He appeared in 37 games in 2017-18 and averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, 45.0 percent from the 3-point line and 71.7 percent from the charity stripe.

During the 2018 Summer League, Smith played in six games for the Sixers and posted 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He shot 32 percent from the field in roughly 25 minutes per game.

The Sixers are expected to compete for a championship this season. Their starting lineup of Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Joel Embiid is as good as any starting five in the NBA.