Former Texas Tech standout Zhaire Smith out with bone bruise

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PHILADELPHIA — Former Texas Tech Red Raider and current Philadelphia 76ers wing Zhaire Smith will be out for the NBA’s restart in Orlando with a bone bruise in his left knee, according to The Athletic’s Derek Bodner. Bodner cited a source in saying Smith will not travel with the team to Orlando.

“Smith began experiencing pain prior to the Sixers resuming workouts last week, and he started treatment immediately,” Bodner wrote.  “He is expected to make a full recovery.”

Smith played one season at Texas Tech before leaving for the NBA, and was a first-round draft pick in 2018, getting selected sixteenth overall. He’s been plagued by health issues since getting to the NBA, playing in just 13 games in two years.

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