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Pelicans Reportedly Get Troubling News On Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson makes his NBA debut.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 05: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans walks on the court during a game against the New York Knicks during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pelicans fans (and NBA fans) worst fears have been all but confirmed. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Zion Williamson is no longer expected to take the floor for New Orleans this season.

The news comes after a year-long rehab process for the former No. 1 pick out of Duke.

Last offseason, the 21-year-old reportedly underwent surgery to repair a fractured foot, and he was initially slated to return by November. However, November turned into December, which turned into January, and so on; with no Zion in sight. Williamson then decided to rehab away from the team, in Portland, Oregon, which the Pelicans signed off on. And earlier this month, the phenom was even able to resume some basketball activities. Now though, with just 11 games to go, it's become apparent to the team that he should just be shutdown. Unfortunately, injuries have been the story of Zion Williamson's season, and really career, to this point.

The former Blue Devils standout missed all but 24 games in his rookie season due to a torn meniscus. And when he was able to skirt injuries in his sophomore campaign, Zion posted 27 PPG and 7.2 rebounds on an astronomical 61 percent from the floor; resulting in an All-Star selection.

It's a tough blow for the Pels, who find themselves in play-in contention despite Williamson's absence.

Hopefully, Zion can return next season and show off that explosive, low-post scoring ability that made the basketball world fall in love with his game just three years ago.