NBA All-Star Zion Williamson has been linked with a blockbuster trade.
The 22-year-old, who was Duke’s first pick in 2019, has had a mixed career with the New Orleans Pelicans.
As a two-time All-Star, there’s no doubting Williamson’s abilities, but after another injury-plagued season and off-pitch drama, Shams suggested Charania move on FanDuel TV that his future might lie elsewhere.
He reported that the Pelicans have high interest in 19-year-old NBA G-League star Scoot Henderson, who is widely expected to finish in the top three picks.
“They’re in talks with the (Charlotte) Hornets about getting the number two – the question is how does a trade work?” asked Charania.
“Are the Pelicans internally serious about moving Zion Williamson, or would they move Zion Williamson? I think those are the big questions.”
As a freshly turned 19-year-old, Williamson was limited to just 24 appearances due to a torn meniscus.
However, his averages of 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists were enough for him to be named to the NBA’s all-rookie team.
The following season was Williamson’s best season yet, averaging 27 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 61 games, earning him an All-Star rating.
Unfortunately, his slow recovery following off-season surgery for a Jones fracture meant he was sidelined for the entire 2021–2022 season.
Williamson returned to form for the 2022–2023 season, making 29 appearances and being named an All-Star again before a hamstring injury ended another promising season.
This worrying trend has created an undesirable statistic, as one Houston Rockets noted reporter: “In Zion Williamson’s four-year career, he only played 34.7% of his games”
And Williamson recently made headlines after adult film star Moriah Mills accused him of infidelity.
This comes just a day after Williamson and his girlfriend Ahkeema announced they were expecting their first child in a flamboyant gender reveal video.
As for Williamson’s NBA future, the Pelicans are running out of time to decide if they see him as part of their future as the draft is scheduled to begin on June 22.
He is currently signed with New Orleans through the 2027 season after signing a five-year, $194.3 million-a-year extension last summer Sportrac.