Zhaire Smith could be making his professional debut soon.
The wing has a chance to play for the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers' G League affiliate, on Friday, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Smith was selected with the 16th pick in the 2018 draft out of Texas Tech. However, he has yet to play this season.
Smith needed surgery over the summer to repair a fracture in his left foot. He originally was expected to be back on the court in December, but his return was delayed because of serious complications from an allergic reaction.
The 19-year-old was assigned to the G League and began participating in non-contact drills Jan. 24. He practiced with the 76ers last week.
76ers coach Brett Brown said earlier this month he "doesn't expect" Smith to make his NBA debut this season.
"It's great to see him sort of run around," Brown said after Smith practiced with the team, via NBC Philadelphia. "There is a bounce. There really is a bounce. He looks good physically."
The 76ers are 39-22 and rank fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. They will face the Thunder on Thursday.