It appears the 2021-22 season will be a lot one for Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson, as he is not expected to play even if the Pelicans make it to the play-in tournament or playoffs, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Williamson has missed the entire season after suffering a foot injury over the summer. The Pelicans have just 11 regular-season games left, and Williamson isn’t expected to have enough time to ramp up conditioning and workouts before then.
He returned to New Orleans two weeks ago after rehabbing the injury in Portland. Since then, Williamson “has attended home games and has appeared to be in positive spirits,” RealGM wrote.
Williamson, 21, is 6-foot-6 and was the No. 1 overall pick in 2019. He appeared in 61 games last season and averaged 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds, and the idea of him eventually teaming with CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram is something that clearly excited the Pelicans.
Williamson is eligible for a contract extension this summer, and given his recent injury, it will be interesting to see how that goes.