NBA Rumors: More bad news coming for Zion Williamson, Pelicans?

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NBA Rumors: Is there more bad news coming for Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans? 

For the most part, the New Orleans Pelicans have done relatively well for the current circumstances that they find themselves in. It’s far from ideal and aside from a couple of curious decisions during the offseason, they are back in the playoff picture.

Considering that this team started the season 3-16, it’s nearly a miracle that they are just one game out of the final spot in the Western Conferene Play-In Tournament. The mid-season addition of CJ McCollum should be enough to help this team close the season strong and they’ll probably finish in the 10th spot, but there are still plenty of questions that cloud the future of this team.

And the majority of them surround Zion Williamson, who has yet to play in a game this season after undergoing surgery on his foot. Zion has been rehabbing away from the Pelicans for the majority of the season and if that isn’t concerning enough, perhaps this latest report will be.

According to a recent report, there’s a chance that Zion will need a second procedure on his foot.

"Williamson was supposed to return to practice in December, but he began experiencing soreness in his right foot. That month, he flew to Los Angeles to have an injection to promote healing. It is possible he will need a second surgery on his right foot, sources said, but nothing has been decided."

Obviously, this is far from ideal. The fact that a second procedure is even being considered is worrisome enough. That leads one to suggest that he’s not close to making a return this season. And with just a handful of games remaining, it’s unlikely that we see him at all this campaign.

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If he misses this season, that means that the Pelicans will have to decide to give Zion a max extension worth close to $200 million after just playing in 85 games in three seasons. Not to mention that Zion’s injury history will now be a major concern (in addition to other issues) and that drastically impacts the trajectory of the team.