All of the talk about Zion Williamson not being happy with the New Orleans Pelicans landing the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, fueling speculation that the star forward could return to Duke for another season, is getting squashed this morning.
Williamson’s stepfather told a New Orleans radio station that his son is happy with the probable landing spot. Returning to Duke is not an option.
“(It) is not something that we have even considered,” he said.
Zion Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson, says on the Off the Bench radio show in Baton Rouge that Zion is "excited about the prospect of getting down there and getting settled” in New Orleans & added that returning to Duke “is not something that we have even considered."
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) May 16, 2019
Williamson’s first meeting with the Pelicans went well, too.
NBA insider Shams Charania reports that Williamson had an initial meeting with New Orleans and it was a positive one.
New Orleans was also reportedly a targeted franchise for Williamson heading into the NBA Draft lottery.
Sources: Zion Williamson met in Chicago with the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies, the top two teams in the Draft lottery. Williamson had a positive meeting with New Orleans and prior to lottery, he cited Pelicans as a targeted team to start career.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 16, 2019
It’ll be more than a month until Zion-to-the-Pelicans can be made official, though at this point, it’s clearly happening.