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New Orleans PelicansForward Zion Williamson has agreed on Saturday to extend the team's remaining five years of $ 193 million, his agent said.
The deal could allow Williamson to earn up to $ 231 million, his agent Austin Brown told ESPN insider Adrian Voinaroski. The agreement puts Williamson under the control of the team throughout the 2027-28 season.
Pelicans will not be able to announce an agreement until July 6 due toleague rules.
The deal is despite the fact that the injured former top draft topic broke his leg throughout the 2021-202 season and played only 85 games in three league seasons. It means the pelican's trust in Williamson. The team announced in late May, a few weeks after the end of the season, that Williamson was allowed unlimited basketball activities.
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New Orleans Pelican Zion Williamson # 1 ball-down court in the fourth quarter of the NBA Play against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 4, 2021. (Sean Gardner / Getty Images)
Williamson shows the potential for stardom when he is healthy, averaging 27 points from 2020 to 2021 And recorded 7 rebounds. The 21-year-old boy was namedNBA All-Starthat season.
6 feet 6, 284 pounds Williamson has seemed to calm his speculation about the potential for landscape changes in recent months.
In April, he showed that he would not hesitate to sign the offer sheet from New Orleans, telling reporters that "it will not be possible to sign fast enough."
And last month, formerDuke Blue Deviltold the media that it was "not a secret" to be with Pelican. "When I talked, I felt like I was standing on top of it. It took me a long time to rehabilitate and fight mentally. I'm fine now. I'm ready to get to work. "He said at the time.
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New Orleans Pelicans forward while Utah Jazz Center Derrick Favors (15) defends in the first half of Tuesday's NBA basketball game Zion Williamson (1) shoots a shot. January 19, 2021, Salt Lake City. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)
Williamson has reason to be optimistic about the future of the ball club given his out-of-office performance under new head coach Willie Green. .. The Pelicans won the eighth seed at the Western Conference this past season and secured a spot in the playoffs after winning two games in the league's play-in tournament.
New Orleans pushed top-seeded Phoenix Suns to six Best of Seven series games before being removed from the playoffs.
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File-New Orleans Pelicans Forward Zion Williamson is a team game with the Phoenix Suns in the first round playoff series of NBA basketball on April 29, 2022. I'm watching the shootaround before 6. , In New Orleans. Two people familiar with the decision say Williamson has agreed to a five-year extension worth $ 193 million. People spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, as NBA rules do not allow the extension to be official until July 6. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert, File)
Team was led by one-time all-star Brandon Ingram, veteran Big Man, Jonas Valentunas, and mid-season trade acquisition High-scoring guard CJ McCollum. Pelicans also received donations from promising young players such as Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III , and Jose Alvarado.
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It was a hassle to be there, but I was able to see our potential. There are lots of great pieces and I'm excited to stand on the court with them ... you're on the court. I saw it at. We have a special group. "Williamson told the media following the end of his team's playoffs in April.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.