Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Has ‘No Interest’ In Developing His Game

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New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has shown “no interest” in developing his game, according to NBA insider Ric Bucher.

The Pelicans were interested in trading up in the 2023 draft to select Scoot Henderson. There were rumors about New Orleans trading Williamson to the Portland Trail Blazers, who drafted Henderson. However, no deal was made.

“Where are the floaters, up and under layups, his pull-up jumpers at the elbow? Now from what I’ve been told, he’s shown no interest in developing any of those tricks,” Bucher said on his podcast. “Tricks that Blake Griffin learned along with a decent three-point shot when the injuries started to pile up for him and allowed him to single-handedly drag the Detroit Pistons to a playoff berth.”

Williamson has only appeared in 114 out of possible 308 regular-season games since being drafted by the Pelicans with the first overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Duke. The lefty played in 24 games in his rookie year and 61 games in his sophomore year. Williamson then missed his entire third year and appeared in just 29 games last season.

When he’s been on the court, Williamson has been a superstar. The North Carolina native has career averages of 25.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists. However, there have been questions about Williamson’s diet and commitment to basketball.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Zion Williamson & New Orleans Pelicans Updates

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Williamson doesn’t have a relationship with the Pelicans organization or his teammates.

“There is no relationship between Zion and the organization,” Windhorst said on his podcast. “And minimal relationship between Zion and his teammates, from what I understand. … It’s surprising to me how out there it is in the league that the Pelicans are discussing Zion business.

“I want to be very careful about the word ‘offer’ because that word is a dangerous word. I’m not sure the Pelicans have ‘offered’ Zion to anybody, but every day that passes over the past five or six days, I hear different discussions the Pelicans have had that implies they are going to make Zion available. Him or Brandon Ingram. I wouldn’t rule out anything I guess, but the events of the last six months with Zion are what they are.”

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Zion Williamson & New Orleans Pelicans Updates

Williamson signed a five-year, $194.3 million designated rookie contract extension with the Pelicans in July 2022. Clearly, his future with the franchise is going to be something to continue watching closely.

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