Due to a broken foot, Zion Williamson did not play a single moment for the New Orleans Pelicans this season, but he will be eligible to sign a big contract extension this offseason.
There has been some conjecture about Zion Williamson’s satisfaction with the Pelicans and whether he wants to stay with the team in the long run, but when questioned if he would sign a new contract over the summertime if offered, Williamson said yes without hesitation. While Williamson’s words are sure to come as a comfort to most in New Orleans, they aren’t particularly shocking for a handful of reasons. First, although if he didn’t intend to extend the contract, it’s improbable that he’d say so publicly beforehand.
Zion Williamson Expressed His Desire To Stay With New Orleans Pelicans
Instead, it appears as though it would take place behind closed doors. Second, athletes are always rewarded monetarily if they stay with the team that picked them. In the future years, the Pelicans would be capable of paying Zion more than any club, which is something a young player must consider.
Even if Zion Williamson was dissatisfied in New Orleans, he could sign the deal to secure his salary and later request a trade. Over the last several years, we’ve seen a lot of elite players seek moves. For example, Ben Simmons signed a five-year, $170 million contract deal with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019, only to seek a trade two years later.
They came from a 1-12 start to capture the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and they took the highest-seeded Phoenix Suns to game 6 in the first round. The Pelicans had significant contributions from a trio of talented rookies, including Herb Jones, Tre Murphy III, and Jose Alvarado, in addition to veteran talents Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum. The Pelicans’ future seems bright with Williamson and the rest of their squad as it currently stands. Williamson certainly seemed to believe it.