The New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, which means that, in all likelihood, they’re going to be able to draft former Duke star Zion Williamson next month. But what if Williamson really doesn’t like the idea of playing for the franchise?
Zion reportedly was “rooting” for New York – which is understandable, given the market potential. So, is there a way he can avoid playing for the Pelicans – outside of just giving up basketball? Technically, yes.
Williamson probably doesn’t have the leverage to tell the Pelicans that he wants to play elsewhere after they draft him. But he could return to Duke for his sophomore season and re-enter the draft next year.
It’d be an unprecedented move and it would come with a ton of risk. But it is still an option, as many on Twitter have pointed out. He reportedly hasn’t signed with an agent yet.
Obviously, if Williamson is drafted by the Pelicans, he can’t return to school. But he still has time to change his mind on becoming a professional.
Remember, college players can now use agents during the NBA Draft process and still return to school.
Know it wont happen, but how amazing would it be if Zion said "screw it," and just went back to college for another year rather than going to New Orleans?? https://t.co/wutHZUu2D2
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) May 15, 2019
Do not rule out Zion returning to #Duke. Hasn't hired an agent yet.
— Scott Rochelle (@ScottRochelle_) May 15, 2019
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) May 15, 2019
Pretty sure Zion Williamson can still go back to Duke as long as he ends the relationship with the agent before the end of the month. Just saying. https://t.co/cBTBm2LKXv
— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) May 15, 2019
Still, this is unlikely. Williamson would be putting himself at huge risk – because of injury – by going back to college for another season.
But, never say never. We’ll see what Williamson decides in the coming days.