It is no secret that Zion Williamson was hoping for the New York Knicks to get the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but things didn’t actually go his way, even with the Knicks 14% chance of securing the top pick.
As luck would have it, the New Orleans Pelicans and their 6% chance to win the draft actually happened when they were awarded the #1 overall pick.
Following the announcement, Zion didn’t look too enthusiastic about his future home:
ESPN’s Marc J. Spears reported that Williamson was actually “rooting to go to New York.”
During Wednesday’s edition of ESPN’s The Jump, Brian Windhorst addressed the elephant in the room when he stated that Williamson could still go back to Duke since he hadn’t signed with an agent yet.
“He does have some options. I’m not saying he’s going to pick these options, but he has not signed with an agent and he has not signed a shoe deal yet,” Windhorst explained. “He could threaten to go back to Duke.”
This is unlikely to happen, because the Pelicans will be even worse next season after they trade Anthony Davis and would be in prime position to secure the top pick next year.