Zhaire Smith to join 76ers when Delaware Blue Coats season ends
Zhaire Smith says that the Philadelphia 76ers will put him on their roster once the Delaware Blue Coats’ NBA G League season is over.
Per Ky Carlin of Longport Media, the 76ers are willing to take him onto their roster after March 23, when the final game of the Blue Coats’ season is played.
Zhaire Smith says that the Sixers have indicated to him that he will join the team once the Blue Coats season is over #Sixers
— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) March 5, 2019
Zhaire Smith was the 16th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Texas Tech product was selected by the Phoenix Suns but was traded on draft night to the 76ers. In August, Smith suffered a fractured foot and underwent surgery. He made his professional debut on March 1 for Delaware against the Maine Red Claws. He played 15 minutes and shot 1 of 4 from the field.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 1, 2019
In his second game, the 19-year-old showed his explosiveness and tremendous upside. In Delaware’s 112-109 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Smith played 19 minutes and posted 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting with two assists and two rebounds.
76ers head coach Brett Brown shared his thoughts on Smith. For him, it’s a good sign that Smith is playing again. The organization will likely watch more games to see how Smith can fit into the 76ers’ system. Per Noah Levick of NBCS Sports:
“I hope so. It’s a judgement as this thing unfolds. We’re all going to figure out at what level is he playing at. To me, the exciting part is he’s playing basketball again. I believe he shared with you the weight he lost and the weight he put back on. It’s good to be 20. It really is a remarkable story… We’ll watch how he plays down in Delaware and then be responsible with the decision on do we bring him up.”
Will Smith add more depth to the already star-studded 76ers?