Zhaire Smith health update: 76ers rookie assigned to G League team

Sixers rookie Zhaire Smith is working his way back to returning to Philadelphia after recovering from a broken foot and allergy issue.

The 19-year-old guard has been assigned to G League Delaware where he will participate in non-contact elements of practice before ramping up acclivities over the next few weeks, the team announced Thursday.

The 76ers are unsure when Smith will make his full return, and there was speculation Smith may not play at all during the 2018-19 season after complications from an allergic reaction in September that required him to have a thoracoscopy, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Ringer reported in November.

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. 

At the time of his allergic reaction, Smith already was sidelined after having surgery over the summer to repair a fracture in his left foot and he was expected to return in December. 

Smith originally was selected by the Suns with the 16th pick in the 2018 draft out of Texas Tech, before being traded to Philadelphia for Mikal Bridges.