The New Orleans Pelicans made Zion Williamson the centerpiece of their organization when they selected him with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft, but his health has not allowed him to be on the floor for very much since then.
Despite that, the franchise is nearing a deal to keep him with the team for years to come.
The two parties are nearing a five-year max contract extension that will be worth up to $231 million, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
The power forward played a mere 24 games during his rookie campaign and was still named to the All-Rookie first team. He had 22.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the season. He then took another step in his second season as an All-Star, averaging 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
However, health again became a primary concern during the 2021-22 campaign. The Pelicans announced in December that he suffered a setback while rehabbing his surgically repaired right foot and he ended up missing the entire season.
Zion has made $30,126,480 so far in his career despite having played in 85 games and missed another 141 contests. Now, he is getting rewarded with even more money.