Well this is concerning to say the least for New Orleans. Zion is only 20 years old still and just entering his third season. In his third year, Zion will be on his third different coach. The Pelicans aren’t known for being able to keep stars happy, I mean look at what happened to Anthony Davis. One problem according to the reports was coach Stan Van Gundy which he was described as “too rigid and demanding as head coach.” Gundy was let go yesterday so that’s one problem down. Another problem that was reported was how the JJ Redick saga played out. The Pelicans traded Redick to the Mavericks this year and to say the least was not happy.
“Truthfully, I think I was a little naive thinking I was in Year 15 and I attempted to do things right throughout my career. But in terms of this front office, yeah, it’s not something where I would expect certainly the agents who worked on this with me to ever trust that front office again.” – Redick on his podcast after the trade.
Williamson had to see that which made him think differently about the Pelicans front office. As for the foreseeable future, Zion is still under contract for at least three more seasons. So as of now, he isn’t going anywhere. Zion has made hints about teaming up with former Duke teammate RJ Barrett in the big apple. Williamson played his first pro game in the Garden in April and he nothing but great things to say.
“I’m glad you asked that, actually. New York is the Mecca of basketball. I love playing here. I’ve played here in college. This is my first time playing here in the pros. This atmosphere, whether they are cheering for you or booing for you, it’s amazing. Honestly, outside of New Orleans, obviously, I think this might be my favorite place to play outside of New Orleans.”
Interesting, again the Pelicans still have him under contract for at least three more seasons but still, this isn’t a good sign. It’s only about to be his third year and the rumors are already starting. If the Pelicans do fail and Zion leaves, they should never be allowed to win the lottery again. They already messed up with Anthony Davis and if they do the same with Zion…that is just inexcusable.