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Zhaire Smith is in the process of recovering from additional medical treatment stemming from allergic reactions in late September, and the Sixers do not expect him to return during the calendar year of 2018, a team source told PhillyVoice late Friday evening.
The allergic reaction, which was perhaps undercovered at the time it took place in September, was a product of food allergies that were wider in scope than the Sixers or Smith were aware of previously. A team source said they had been aware of a peanut allergy Smith had, and that his food was individually prepared accordingly, but it was discovered Smith has other triggers, with a reaction to sesame specifically, “putting him over the edge.”
The Sixers individually prepare his food, but believe it is possible Smith might have taken something from the facility with sesame in it, a source said. Following Smith’s allergic reaction, the team was able to put him through an allergy panel, in which additional allergies were discovered that were not previously known by either Smith or members of his family.
The 76ers said Zhaire Smith had a thoracoscopy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Wednesday. A thoracoscopy is an examination of the chest cavity by way of a scope. All of the tests came back negative. He received the scope due to an allergic reaction to something he ate earlier this week. As of Thursday morning, Smith was still at Jefferson Hospital.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers rookie @Zhaire Smith (Jones fracture left foot) has been cleared to begin full weight bearing .
Jon Johnson: Zhaire Smith underwent successful surgery to repair Jones fracture in left foot. No timetable. “Acute” fracture.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley, Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Additional information regarding Smith’s recovery and return-to-play timetable will be provided as available and when appropriate.
Joel Embiid: CURSE #NUTS
Jon Johnson: Zhaire Smith break is a Jones fracture. #BenSimmons
Shams Charania: Sources: Philadelphia 76ers rookie Zhaire Smith has suffered a fractured left foot. Smith, the No. 16 pick in the Draft, hurt his foot on Monday in Las Vegas during a developmental camp for NBA players.
Philadelphia 76ers: A medical update on Zhaire Smith: Statement from Philadelphia 76ers vice president of athlete care Dr. Daniel Medina: Rookie guard Zhaire Smith suffered a left foot injury during Tim Grgurich’s development camp in Las Vegas on Monday. He is returning to Philadelphia to be further evaluated and updates will be made available once a diagnosis is determined.
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The Detroit Pistons have expressed interest in trading for Damyean Dotson, according to a league source. Luke Kennard, the backup guard, has missed games due to injury but also has not found a fit in Dwane Casey’s system.
While New Orleans is trying to win enough to convince Davis to stay, the rest of the league is ruminating about what it would take to pry Davis away. Such speculation is happening constantly now, but executives around the league see virtually no chance that Davis is traded before the Pelicans can offer him that super-max extension in July. New Orleans, as it should, will do everything it can to keep Davis — and will move on from him only if it absolutely has to.
If that happens, the Pelicans will have only one logical option: to trade Davis before he leaves in free agency. The same process has played out with several others, including Leonard, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George. None of them, though, would inspire the kind of bidding war an available Davis would. “That’s what you guys do,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of the trade speculation. “You guys talk about it. He’s here. He’s playing on our team. We’re trying to win games. That’s the only thing that matters right now. “It’s not anything that I’m going to have a say-so in or anything else, so we don’t bother with it. We worry about now. We worry about winning games and putting everybody in the best position to win games.”
Interestingly, Jimmy Butler and Brown agreed in separate interviews Sunday that the Sixers’ offensive spacing is fine. Butler has flourished here since arriving Nov. 12, having scored 38 points in each of the past two outings. “I think the spacing is great,” Butler said. “I think we have a lot of guys that can put the ball in the basket. We just have to pick and choose where we’re going to be at a certain time. As long as we keep sharing the ball the way that we share the ball and guarding, I’m telling you, we’re going to win.
As for Embiid, Butler can empathize with having to adjust on the fly. “I know where his heart is, man,” Butler said. “I can feel for him. It’s new for myself. It’s new to him. It’s new to everybody. But we’re O.K. I know he wants to win. “He’s frustrated. He wanted to play (Friday and) coach didn’t let him play. We need him. He’s been doing a lot on both ends of the floor for this team. As our best player, I can understand him being frustrated. We’ll figure out ways to make sure he’s successful.”
But here they are, still together. Perhaps it’s because of Wade’s nature. Those who know him well will tell you he takes after his grandmother, who helped raise him and was extremely giving, accepting and forgiving. To be James’ friend for any length of time, maybe it requires a person whom James respects, but also someone who is willing to deal with the challenges James’ personality brings with it. Wade is one of the greatest players in NBA history; James certainly respects that. And Wade has been willing to roll with James’ changing moods and desires over the years. If Wade has ever held any grudge, it has never been apparent.
And Lillard, 28, is something of a media chaos agent: He had the NBA watchers watching him this summer as he broke news of reporters changing jobs, reminding them — occasionally by force — that no one at this level is in the business of keeping secrets. “Nobody knew where I was getting my information from,” Lillard would recall, and the power and insider knowledge was at times intoxicating.