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Report: Pelican approaches Zion Williamson's five-year deal

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Pelican's power forward Zion Williamson is approaching a five-year deal ending speculation that he wants to leave New Orleans, Athletic reported Friday.

Williamson can earn up to $ 231 million in an extension using the fifth year player option under NBA guidelines. ESPN reported that the deal does not expect protection from team injuries.

"I want to stay here. It's not a secret. I feel like I was standing on it when I spoke," Williamson recently said at a YMCA youth event. rice field. "Currently, this has nothing to do with it. It's just me who wants to be a pillar of my community."

22 years old this month Will be Williamson, who was completely cleared by the team on May 26th and is training with some of his teammates in New Orleans.

"It's been a long time for me in rehab and spiritual struggle," Williamson said. "Now it's okay. I'm ready to get to work."

Since being ranked number one in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson has played just 85 games (all starts) for the Pelicans. I played. 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.

Regarding getting his extension, Williamson smiled and said, "You have to ask Pers, baby."

Williamson will earn $ 13.5 million in base salary next season.

Even if Williamson was sent off, New Orleans went from the play-in game to the Western Conference playoffs, leaving top-seeded Phoenix Suns in six games in the first round.

– Field-level media