It's time for Zion Williamson to get paid.
The injured big man has signed a five-year maximum rookie contract with Pelican, ShamsCharaniareported on Friday morning. Under this agreement, Williamson will pay up to $ 231 million and will maintain the agreement with Williamson throughout the 2027-28 season.
The first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson averages 25.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game throughout his three-year NBA career.
The 21-year-old has not yet met the high expectations he had from Duke because he couldn't stay in court.
Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 season with a broken leg after being frustrated during rehab. Meanwhile, his meniscus tear set him aside for the first three months of his rookie season. Concerns remain about Williamson's weight and physique.
Without Williamson, Pelican recorded 36-46 However, they took part in the NBA Playoffs and pushed Phoenix Suns into six games in the opening round series. New Orleans boasts an attractive young core starring healthy Williamson and his fellow Duke product Brandon Ingram.