Some recent indicators have pointed toward a possible trade for former No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.
Over the All-Star Break, recent New Orleans Pelicans addition C.J. McCollum was asked about his communication with the injured superstar. The former Trail Blazers shooting guard revealed that he's had no direct contact with Zion.
“I know about as much as you do right now. But I’m going to get to the bottom of it," he told the NBA on TNT crew.
Williamson has missed the entirety of the 2o21-22 season with a foot injury -- an issue that seems to be healing at a pace slower than expected. The third-year forward has reportedly been participating in individual workouts away from the team. Earlier today, ESPN analyst and Zion's former New Orleans teammate, J.J. Reddick, called out the 21-year-old star as a "detached" teammate.
Sports Illustrated's Howard Beck also had this to say about the possibility of trades for Zion and other superstar players earlier this week:
“The teams that have a star are feverishly doing everything to keep them happy. The rest are plotting to poach them. Around the league, team executives are already bracing (and/or plotting) for the next disenchanted star to ask out, with speculation focused on Zion Williamson in New Orleans, Damian Lillard in Portland and Donovan Mitchell in Utah.”
These recent developments paired with last year's reports that Zion's family wanted him out of New Orleans have led to a great deal of trade speculation this week.
Zion has played in just 85 games since he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019. Through that time on the court, he's averaged 25.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 60.4 percent shooting from the field.
Will Zion try to force his way out of New Orleans?