Sixers trade Zhaire Smith for Pistons’ Tony Bradley
Zhaire Smith has had his name involved in trade discussions for the Philadelphia 76ers and he’s now headed elsewhere this offseason. While the Sixers are entering a new regime, Philadelphia has traded Smith to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Bradley, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 76ers are trading G Zhaire Smith to the Pistons for C Tony Bradley, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2020
It remains to be seen if the trade involves any other pieces for either side. But for the time being, the Sixers and Pistons are just swapping players, sending Smith to Detroit for Bradley.
Smith was a first-round pick by Philadelphia in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Texas Tech. In his rookie season, as the No. 16 overall pick, Smith would play in just six games for the Sixers.
In those six games, Smith would record 6.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. He would also shoot 37.5 percent from 3-point range, showing that he can space the floor at the wing.
However, in his second year with Philadelphia in the 2019-20 season, Smith played in just seven games. The 20-year-old guard would fail to make a single 3-pointer and wouldn’t get many opportunities last season.
Back in February, ahead of the NBA trade deadline, the Sixers spoke about a trade involving Smith that would have sent him to the Pistons for Derrick Rose. While Detroit and Philadelphia picked back up talks for Smith, Rose isn’t part of the trade for the unproven guard.
For the Sixers, they are getting a player in Bradley who also hasn’t had success in the NBA yet. Maybe a change of scenery for Smith and Bradley can allow them to reach their potential moving forward.