Zion Williamson makes it clear how he feels about Pelicans

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Zion Williamson makes it clear how he feels about Pelicans

Zion Williams has stated publicly once again that he wants to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans long-term. This weekend, Williamson held a youth basketball camp registration in New Orleans. The reporters wanted to know whether Williams holding a youth basketball camp in New Orleans was a sign he wants to stay long-term with the team.

"I do want to be here. That's no secret. I feel like I've stood on that when I spoke," Williamson said. "Currently, this does not really have anything to do with that. This is just me wanting to be a pillar in my community."

Williamson, the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft, missed the entire 2021/22 season because of a foot injury. Reflecting on the past year, Williamson admitted it was tough both mentally and physically. "It was a long year for me for rehab and mental battles.

I'm fine now. I'm ready to get to work," Williamson said.

Williamson eligible for an extension

This offseason, the Pelicans could offer Williamson a five-year, $181 million extension. "You have to ask the Pels, baby," Williams said, when asked about the extension.

Even though the Pelicans were without Williamson for the entire season, they were still able to make the playoffs through the play-in tournament and then compete well against the first-seeded Phoenix Suns. Watching the Pelicans make it out of the play-in tournament and then pushing the Suns in six games was enough to motivate Williamson to be back competing for the Pelicans.

"Pels in the first round. That's all I needed to see to really be excited to get back out there," Williamson said. "It was exciting to see young players. Jose [Alvarado], Trey [Murphy III], Herb [Jones], Jaxson [Hayes].

Just blossoming into players I knew they could be and they knew they could be. Then watching [Brandon Ingram]. The name speaks for itself. Then CJ [McCollum] being added, it was something to watch. The fans made it so much better."