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Zion Williamson's Stepfather Addresses Idea Of His Stepson Returning To Duke

Zion Williamson alongside Duke head coach Mike Krzyzweski.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Zion Williamson #1 and head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils talk against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, which means they have the rights to the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft. Most assume that they'll take former Duke star Zion Williamson.

Williamson reportedly was "rooting" for the New York Knicks to get the first pick, and his reaction to New Orleans being awarded the pick went viral. It led many to question whether he'd actually consider returning to Duke for his sophomore season to avoid playing for the franchise.

In short, it does not look like that's a realistic possibility.

Williamson's stepfather Lee Anderson joined the Off The Bench radio show with Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert in New Orleans to explain his stepson's state of mind. It looks like Williamson is going to be headed to New Orleans.

He added that the idea of Williamson returning to Duke isn't even something the family has considered.

This doesn't come as a huge surprise, as it would seem out of character for Williamson to pull such a move.

If he did though, it wouldn't be unprecedented in sports. A number of NFL quarterbacks - namely John Elway and Eli Manning - have demanded to play for other franchises after getting drafted. Steve Francis also refused to play for the Vancouver Grizzlies when he was drafted No. 2 by them back in 1999.

Regardless, it looks like Pelicans fans can rest easy. It looks like Williamson is on the way.