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Zion Williamson Asked If He Would Sign Extension With Pelicans

Pelicans star Zion Williamson in warmups.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson looks on from the sidelines during a college football game between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans on September 11, 2021, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

After not playing a single game this entire NBA season, Zion Williamson's future with the New Orleans Pelicans has been called into question.

But when he was asked about signing a possible extension with the New Orleans franchise, the former No. 1 overall pick gave a clear response.

“Of course. I couldn’t sign it fast enough," he said, per Pelicans insider Andrew Lopez of ESPN.

Zion missed the entire 2021-22 season after suffering a broken foot injury during a preseason training session. There was initially hope that he could return sometime midway through the season, but his expected return date kept getting pushed back until the injury was ruled season-ending.

The All-Star forward was unable to return for the Pelicans' playoff run against the No. 1-seed Phoenix Suns. While his teammates forced an unexpected Game 6, he continued to watch from the sidelines.

Zion has shown notable progress in his recovery process. On multiple occasions this postseason, videos of the 2020-21 All Star throwing down spectacular pregame dunks have gone viral on social media.

After missing the majority of his rookie season with another injury, Zion averaged 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in Year 2.

Entering the final season of his rookie contract with the Pelicans, Zion is set to earn $13.53 million in 2022-23.