All eyes are on Zion…again.
According to a new report by Shams Charania, Joe Vardon, and William Guillory of The Athletic, the Pelicans “have been unable to combine the right elements to make up-and-coming star Zion Williamson and his family happy.” This has led to speculation that Williamson might want to Want to leave.
Charania’s report shows that Williamson’s family’s overall dissatisfaction with the organization has been in his ears, which may affect Williamson’s early departure from New Orleans. The report stated that Williamson’s family wanted him to be “on another team.”
The Athletic stated that Williamson focused on the upcoming season and stayed in New Orleans.
Reports throughout the season have shown that the now fired head coach Stan Van Gundy clashed with players and team management. The Athletic report stated that Van Gundy angered Williamson’s family. Van Gundy is “too rigid and demanding as a head coach.”
Van Gundy has only coached for one season in New Orleans, and Williamson will now have his third coach in three seasons in the league.
The Athletic report also pointed out that Williamson’s family believes that New Orleans has not done enough to support Williamson as a player of his ability or status.
After the game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in April, Williamson stirred the pot slightlyWhen he praised MSG, saying that the arena is his favorite place to play, it further triggered speculation that he might want to quit NOLA.
“To be honest, I think-outside of New Orleans, obviously-I think this may be my favorite place to play outside of New Orleans. I can’t even lie to you. I can’t lie to you,” Williamson said.
Williamson turned 21 in July and was selected by the Pelicans as the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Because of his status and performance as a player, he is expected to qualify for a super-max renewal with the team. He will not qualify as a free agent until 2023.
However, until then, the rumor factory will stir.