Last month, Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin referred to Zion Williamson as a "max player." Well, he put his money where his mouth is this Friday.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Pelicans are nearing a five-year rookie max contract extension with Williamson.
Williamson can earn up to $231 million over the course of this five-year extension.
Judging by Griffin's previous comments, the front office didn't have any debate over whether or not Williamson is worth this type of money.
"It's not a big decision, it's a pretty easy decision," Griffin said. "The kid's historically good when he plays ... this is a max player, that's easy."
This is quite the commitment from the Pelicans, especially when you consider Williamson's injury history. However, there's no question he has the talent to be a franchise player for years to come.
During the 2020-21 season, Williamson averaged 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, he missed the entire 2021-22 season because of a foot injury.
If Williamson is at 100 percent next season, the Pelicans could make a lot of noise in the Western Conference.