Zion Williamson plans to sign extension with Pelicans if offered: 'I wouldn't be able to sign it fast enough'

Zion Williamson didn’t play a single 2nd for the New Orleans Pelicans this season due to a damaged foot, however he will still be qualified to sign a huge agreement extension over the offseason. There has actually been some speculation about Williamson’s level of joy with the Pelicans and if he has an interest in staying with the franchise long-lasting, however when asked if he would sign an extension over the summertime if used, Williamson didn’t be reluctant. 

“Of course. Of course. I wouldn’t be able to sign it fast enough,” Williamson stated to media members on Friday, prior to saying some words that needed to seem like music to the ears of Pelicans fans: “I can’t control rumors and how people feel about certain things, but anybody that knows me knows I want to be here.” 

While likely a relief to numerous in New Orleans, Williamson’s remarks aren’t specifically unexpected, for a number of factors. First, even if he didn’t strategy to sign an extension, it appears not likely that he would reveal that openly ahead of time. Instead, it appears like something that would occur behind closed doors. Second, gamers are constantly economically incentivized to stay with the group that prepared them. The Pelicans will have the ability to pay Williamson more than any other group in the coming years, which’s definitely something a young gamer needs to think about. 

Even if Williamson was dissatisfied in New Orleans, he might still sign the extension in order to guarantee his cash and after that request a trade down the roadway. We’ve seen a lot of star gamers require trades over the previous couple of years. Ben Simmons, for instance, signed a five-year, $170 million extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 just to require a trade 2 years later on. 

After the method the group carried out without him this season, however, there’s genuine factor for Williamson to be truly passionate about the Pelicans’ future. After beginning the season 1-12, they rallied and were eventually able to declare the 8th seed in the West, and they pressed the top-seeded Phoenix Suns to 6 video games in the firs round. In addition to developed stars Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum, the Pelicans likewise got significant contributions from a trio of appealing novices — Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III and Jose Alvarado. With Williamson and the rest of their lineup as presently built, the Pelicans’ future appearances quite intense. Williamson definitely appears to believe so. 

“It sucked watching from the sideline, but I got to see our potential,” he stated. “We’ve got a lot of great pieces, and I’m excited to get on the court with those guys. … You saw it on the court. We have a special group. I truly believe that. … I’m one of those people that believes the more your team wins, the more individual awards will come. So, with a special group, a coach like Willie [Green], I think a lot of great things will happen.” 

Given the possible he has actually revealed when he has actually been healthy — he balanced 27 points and 7.2 rebounds per video game in 2020-21 — integrated with just how much the company has actually bought him, it appears like a near-certainty that the Pelicans will certainly use Williamson an extension this summertime. The genuine concern is whether a brand-new agreement would consist of criteria that would possibly safeguard the Pelicans ought to Williamson miss out on significant time progressing. After all, he has actually just played in 85 overall video games because New Orleans chose him with the leading general choice in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

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