Cavaliers sign former first-round pick to 10-day contract

The Cavaliers have signed swingman Zhaire Smith to a 10-day deal, according to a press release issued Sunday.

Smith, the 16th overall selection in the 2018 draft, has spent this season with the Cleveland Charge, the Cavs' G League club. In 32 regular season and Showcase Cup games with the Charge, the 24-year-old has averaged 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game, with a shooting percentage of.543/.404/.796.

This season has been a significant recovery for Smith, who battled health difficulties after becoming pro and was restricted to 13 regular-season outings in two NBA seasons with the Sixers. 

During the 2020 summer, he was dealt to the Detroit Pistons, who then released him.

Before signing an Exhibit 10 deal with the Cavaliers during the 2023 summer, the Texas Tech star had not been on an NBA roster since 2020.

In addition to battling foot and knee issues, Smith also dealt with a life-threatening allergic reaction earlier in his career, which he has said resulted in a month-and-a-half stay in a hospital and a 60-pound weight loss.

"Just not being able to play the game made me hungry and motivated because I missed it so much," Smith told HoopsHype's Sam Yip this autumn.

 "But I promise you, I will not take anything for granted again. Anytime I go on the court, I'm going to give it my all.

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