Zion Williamson and New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to extend a new contract worth up to $ 231 million, his agent confirmed with ESPN on Saturday.
Austin Brown, co-head of basketball at CAA Sports, told ESPN that the deal was worth a guaranteed $ 193 million. If Williamson creates an All-NBA team or wins the League's MVP or Defensive Player of the Year next season, the escalator clause will apply and the contract amount will increase.
Williamson, who turns 22 on Wednesday, injured his leg throughout the 2021-22 season. He was completely physically cleared by the team on May 26th and is working in New Orleans with some of his teammates.
Since being ranked number one in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson has played only 85 games (all starts) for Pelican. He missed the first three months of the 2019-20 season due to his knee injury.
Williamson was an all-star for the 2020-21 season. He averaged 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in 61 contests. His career average is 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Extensions will start in the 2023-24 season. In the next campaign, he will play for a newcomer contract of $ 44.27 million, the final season of the four years, and will earn $ 13.5 million in base salary next season.
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