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76ers rookie Zhaire Smith will undergo surgery for foot fracture

Zhaire Smith

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Zhaire Smith is already off to a tough start in his NBA career.

Smith suffered a fractured foot during a developmental camp in Las Vegas on Monday, according to Yahoo Sports reporter Shams Charania.

Charania says further testing showed a Jones fracture and that Smith will have surgery later this week.

Smith was the No. 16 pick in the draft and dealt to Philly as part of the Mikal Bridges trade. The former Texas Tech one-and-done player saw his draft stock surge, which led him to become a pretty high first-round selection. This is a tough break for him. It’s also a bad break for Philly, which has now seen multiple first-round picks deal with foot injuries early in their careers.


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