Pelicans VP David Griffin addresses Zion Williamson contract situation



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Pelicans VP David Griffin addresses Zion Williamson contract situation

New Orleans Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has revealed the Pelicans are definitely willing to give Zion Williamson a max rookie extension. Williams, who missed the entire 2021/22 season due to a foot injury, is eligible to sign a five-year, $181 million extension this summer.

There is no doubt that Williamson is one of the most talented players in the NBA but it has been a struggle for him to stay healthy long-term. Williamson has appeared in total of 85 games in his first three seasons in the NBA.

"It's not a big decision, it's a pretty easy decision," Griffin said on the Ryen Russillo Podcast when asked about offering Williamson a max, per ESPN.. "The kid's historically good when he plays, this is a max player, that's easy."

Griffin: No doubt that Williamson is a max contract player

"What becomes significant as a team that's a small-market team and as a team that can't make mistakes in terms of injuries over time, you have to indemnify yourself in some way for that and that's fine," Griffin said.

"But the decision of whether or not this is a max player is an easy one. It's really going to be about if you're all the way in with us this is what it looks like and we're all the way in with him and I think we always have been."

During this past season, there were reports suggesting there was a rift between WIlliamson and the Pelicans. However, during his media availability, Williamson indicated that he's willing to stay with the Pelicans. "It was really comforting when he did his media availability postseason and said how much he buys into this," Griffin said.

"I saw him be utterly moved by Willie Green and his staff and this team quite frankly during that playoff run. So we feel really confident he wants to be here and we feel equally confident we can come to an agreement."