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Zion Williamson Blasts People Who Believed Media Narratives Suggesting He Wanted To Leave The Pelicans: "My Family Was Getting Harassed By People About Why We Don't Like New Orleans Or Why I Don't Want To Be Here, When That's Not The Case At All."

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson had an elite season the last time he stepped foot on the floor, showing that he can be a dominant paint scorer and a potential future superstar. During the 2020-21 season, Zion Williamson averaged 27.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 3.7 APG.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Zion Williamson have recently agreed on a five-year $193 million deal that could potentially become $231 million if he makes an All-NBA team or if he manages to win either the MVP or DPOY awards next season.

New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has agreed to a five-year, $193 million designated maximum rookie extension that could earn him as much as $231 million, CAA Sports' co-head of Basketball Austin Brown told ESPN's, Adrian Wojnarowski.

If Williamson makes the All-NBA team, wins MVP or Defensive Player of the Year next season, it would trigger supermax escalator clauses that could up the total value of the deal from $193 million to $231 million.

Prior to Zion Williamson signing this deal, there were rumors that he wanted to leave the New Orleans Pelicans, and he was most commonly linked with the New York Knicks. Recently, Zion Williamson blasted those media narratives, claiming that his family was getting harassed due to people believing that they don't like the city of New Orleans or that he doesn't want to be on the Pelicans, something that he states is not true.

At the beginning of the season, I told the world, if you ever want to know if I want to be here, just ask me and instead of asking me the world just ran with narratives. My family was going out in public, they were getting harassed by people and why we don't like New Orleans or why I don't want to be here, when that's not the case at all. 

There is no doubt that the New Orleans Pelicans have a bright future, and they could also be a solid team in the now. They have two All-Stars in Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, along with a supporting cast that features elite players like CJ McCollum and Herb Jones.

Hopefully, we see Zion Williamson succeed in bringing a championship to the New Orleans Pelicans. He has the potential to be a franchise-changing superstar, and perhaps we'll see him dominate next season.