Pelicans’ oft-injured big man Zion Williamson signed a multi-year maximum contract extension worth up to $231M to stay in New Orleans. While many are speculating Zion just signed for the money and will look to force a trade, Doug believes he is genuinely excited to play in the Big Easy. Williamson is comfortable in the South, and the Pels can do some real damage with the pieces they have surrounding him. The NBA can expect the Pelicans to contend soon, assuming he can stay healthy.
Doug Gottlieb: There’s every reason for the Pelicans to be very cautious...but I’m going to buy-in to the fact that (Zion Williamson) is in on the Pels. It may come back to bite me. I’m going to buy that he’ll play out at least all but the final year of his contract.”