Zion Williamson’s Pelicans contract extension contains weight clause, report says

Zion Williamson’s new maximum contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans contains a weight clause, according to Christian Clark. Williamson will have periodic weigh-ins throughout the trade, and if his weight plus body fat percentage is over 295, he could lose money.

Despite some speculative talk about Willamson’s future with the Pelicans in recent months, there was no drama when he became eligible to sign a new contract. Williamson and the team quickly agreed to a maximum five-year extension for rookies worth at least $193 million. The new deal will take effect at the start of the 2023-24 season, and the figure could rise to $231 million if Williamson makes an All-NBA team or wins a major award next season.

“To get the Pelicans to come and give me this birthday present, I’m not going to disappoint them,” Williamson said after officially signing his extension on his birthday, July 6. “I’m not going to let the city down. I “I’m not going to let my family down. More importantly, I’m not going to let myself down.”

“The ultimate goal is to win a championship. That’s what we’re all looking for. We’re hungry.”

The 2019 first overall pick, Williamson’s career has been plagued by injuries and concerns over his conditioning. He missed most of his rookie season after undergoing knee surgery, was shut down early in his second season with a broken finger, and didn’t play at all last season due to a broken foot that required surgery and did not heal as quickly as expected.

When he was on the floor he was spectacular. In his sophomore season, when he played 61 games, he averaged 27 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field, and was named All Star. His combination of size, strength and athleticism is something we’ve rarely seen in the league and made him a must-see attraction.

That’s why, despite his injury history, the Pelicans were eager to extend him as soon as possible. At the same time, giving $193 million to a player who’s only been on the court 85 times is a risky proposition, and the Pelicans were looking for some protection for their record and their record if Williamson couldn’t stay in. healthy or fit.

Adding this clause, which seems to be quite easily achievable given that Williamson’s listed playing weight is 284 pounds, seems like a fair compromise. Williamson still gets his huge extension despite the injuries, and the Pelicans have a safety net if things go wrong.

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