Sixers’ Zhaire Smith in danger of missing entire rookie season, report says

76ers rookie guard Zhaire Smith is “in danger” of missing his entire rookie season after beginning the season with an injured foot and now he’s dealing with complications from an allergic reaction. 

Smith originally was expected to return from his foot injury in December, but according to The Ringer, Smith may not play at all during the 2018-19 season due to complications from his allergic reaction.

The latest setback is believed to stem from an undiscovered sesame allergy, though the 76ers were aware Smith has a peanut allergy and prepared his food individually at the 76ers’ facility. 

The report notes Smith has lost 20 pounds since the complications, which is significant for someone who’s listed at 199 pounds on the team’s website. Additionally, Smith has had more than one procedure to address the issue derived from the allergic reaction, per the report. 

The Sixers released a health update earlier this month explaining the treatment Smith received following his allergic reaction. 

Smith already was sidelined after having surgery over the summer to repair a fracture in his left foot. He has been recovering well from his initial foot surgery, though there’s no clear timetable when he will return due to complications from the allergic reaction.

Smith, 19, was selected by the Suns with the 16th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft before being traded to Philadelphia for Mikal Bridges.