Zion Williamson agrees to extend contract with Pelicans
Zion Williamson, who missed last season of the NBA with a broken right foot, agreed to extend the contract he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019 as a “rookie.”
Saturday’s press reports indicate that the contract will last for five years.
The deal is worth $193 million but could rise to $231 million based on the player’s results with the team, including being named in the squad of the league’s best team next season, the league’s best player or the best defender.
The player, who was the first choice in Draft in 2019 to assign players to American and foreign high schools to the league, suffered an injury curse but showed moments of brilliance at the start of his NBA campaign, averaging 25.7 points with 7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 85 games since the 2019-2020 season.
Williamson suffered a knee injury during his first season in the league, which delayed his start at NBA until January 2020.
Williamson celebrates his 22nd birthday on Wednesday, the first day of signing contracts for the 2022-2023 season.