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Sixers Zhaire Smith undergoes foot surgery, has no return timetable

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Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Zhaire Smith underwent successful surgery to repair Jones acute fracture in his left foot on Friday, with no timetable to return, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The surgery will repair the fracture on his fifth metatarsal, which he suffered earlier this week when attending a developmental camp in Las Vegas.

The 16th overall pick in the NBA Draft had an MRI imaging in Philadelphia on Tuesday, which revealed the acute Jones fracture, but also sought out a second opinion on the matter, which also recommended surgery.

The Sixers have a long maligned history with their rookies suffering injuries, as Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, and now Smith (all first-round selections) have started or opened their season with injuries (Fultz was pulled out after four appearances in 2017-18).

Smith boasts plenty of promise as an explosive athlete and good finisher at the rim, but his expectations will have to take a back seat to his healthy for the time being,

Don’t be surprised if the Sixers take a careful approach and sit him out for an extended period of time, as they have customarily done so with their young talent over the past few seasons.