Zion Williamson has been trending this offseason for all the wrong reasons, but none of it had anything to do with basketball.
This week, however, his name is trending for something to do with his profession as one of the worst teams in the league have looked at potentially acquiring Zion Williamson in the summer.
Houston Rockets general manager Rafael Stone has expressed interest in adding veteran players this off-season and it may include Zion Williamson.
“In my conversations, the name Zion Williamson has come up as a potential trade target for Houston. The Rockets hold the No. 4 pick in the draft, are already one of the youngest teams in the league, and are potentially interested in moving the pick for a win-now player (or players).” — Barlowe
Williamson has been a rising star since he entered the NBA as the No. 1 pick in 2019, but injuries continue to be a huge hurdle for him to overcome. When he was on the floor, he averaged 26.0 points on 60.8 percent shooting from the floor, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.6 assists during the 2022-23 season.
Williamson played in 29 games last season and has appeared in 114 out of a possible 328 career games since he arrived in New Orleans. That is a huge problem for a guy who was looked at as the next LeBron James.
The Athletic was the first to report the Pelicans’ interest in trading up for G League ignite prospect Scoot Henderson and suggested that trade talks could center around Williamson. The franchise would have to move up to the No. 2 or No. 3 pick, which would make the Rockets the odd-man out.
Zion Williamson possesses insane talent, but he has only played more than 30 games once. Still, not many teams wouldn’t check on that potential trade if the Pelicans were willing to play ball.
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