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There appears to be little doubt that the New Orleans Pelicans are all in on Zion Williamson and that Williamson is all in on the Pelicans.
“He’s excited about the prospect of getting down there and getting settled,” Williamson’s stepfather, Lee Anderson, told the Off the Bench radio show in Baton Rouge. (Hear full interview at bottom of post.)
The Pelicans have the No. 1 overall pick and by all indications, Williamson is their man. The 6-foot-7 Duke forward averaged 22.6 points on 68 percent shooting, to go with 8.9 rebounds, as a freshman.
Several reports suggested Williamson would prefer to return to Duke than to play for the Pelicans — a philosophy his step-father strongly refuted.
“That is not something that we have even considered,” Anderson told Off the Bench.
Shams Charania of Stadium reported Williamson met with the Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies (who own the second overall pick) in Chicago, where the NBA Combine tipped off Thursday.
“Williamson had a positive meeting with New Orleans and prior to lottery, he cited Pelicans as a targeted team to start career,” Charania reported.
“There has been a lot of speculation but that is not something we have even considered.”
— OFF THE BENCH (@OTB_ESPN) May 16, 2019