Zion Williamson has yet to play a single game for the New Orleans Pelicans this year. Despite suggesting just a few months ago he would be able to return in time for the season to begin, he appears no closer to coming back now than at any point prior.
Williamson has been dealing with a foot injury, and by the sound of things it continues to be an issue.
“The Pelicans say Zion Williamson has been doing his rehab away from the team,” reported ESPN NBA insider Andrew Lopez. “He is still under supervision of the team. Sources say the Pelicans arranged for transportation out of New Orleans for Williamson. Further updates on Zion’s status are expected in the next few weeks.”
Adrian Wojnarowski also backed that report up.
Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is continuing his right foot rehabilitation in Portland, Ore., sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/dy9iT0EwH4
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 5, 2022
This week, the Pelicans released a statement in which Williamson spoke at length about his recent trials and tribulations.
“As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult process for me,” he said.
“I know there’s work to be done in my recovery before I can safely return to the court, but I will continue to put in the time necessary so I can get back on the floor with my team and represent Pelicans fans and the city of New Orleans at the highest level.
“Basketball means everything to me, and I am thankful for the Pelicans organization and everyone who has surrounded me with love and support throughout this journey – my family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans, and everybody who has stood behind me and uplifted me when I needed it most.”
This is not the first troubling report to come from the Pelicans regarding Williamson’s status. And injury issues aside, the youngster’s weight continues to plague him.
By now everyone has seen the photos and videos. At times Williamson looks heavy as all hell; on other occasions he looks moderately skinnier. Regardless of which photos you choose to buy into, the problem stays the same: he is always injured and it’s most likely due in no small part to his enormous frame. And no matter what the front office tries to do to make him less fat, it never seems to work.
There have been talks in recent weeks of New Orleans trading Williamson. Obviously it’s a massive move and not ideal, but at a certain point you want to try to maximize return on an asset you’re likely to lose any way.
Jusuf Nurkic sends an ominous message to Tyler Herro. https://t.co/Up1bwVyie9
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 6, 2022
With every passing day, Williamson’s trade stock plummets.
Will the Pelicans finally bite the bullet and get rid of him at some point? Time will tell.
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