This should be good news for the Pelicans.
When the New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, it was believed that they would be taking Duke Blue Devils superstar Zion Williamson with the first overall pick. Reports quickly came to the surface that Zion was disappointed about the Pelicans big win as he wanted to play for the Knicks. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst revealed that Williamson could even choose to go back to Duke so that he could play for a different team the following year.
“He does have some options. I’m not saying he’s going to pick these options, but he has not signed with an agent and he has not signed a shoe deal yet,” Windhorst said. “He could threaten to go back to Duke. It’s a conversation that’s happening in the NBA right now.”
Williamson’s Stepfather Lee Anderson refuted these rumors when he appeared on the Off the Bench radio show on 104.5 ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge. As Anderson described, Zion is “excited about the prospect of getting down there and getting settled.” He added that a return to the Blue Devils is “is not something that we have even considered.”
In addition to Anderson’s comments, it is being reported that Zion met with the Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies which turned out to be productive on both sides.