Pelicans Provide an Update on Zion Williamson: “He Fully Intends to Rejoin the Team”

Zion Williamson (1) with the Blue Devils. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (10100485ag)

New Orleans Pelicans provided an update on Wednesday regarding the status of their star rookie Zion Williamson. According to Pelicans, Williamson, who left the NBA bubble in Orlando last week, “fully intends to rejoin the team” in the future.

Williamson, who was No.1 pick in 2019 NBA Draft, decided to leave the NBA camp on July 16 to attend to “an urgent family matter.” Pelicans said at the time that they are fully supportive of the player’s decision while rejecting to make further comments on the matter.

The organization now issued a statement in which they revealed that Williamson has been tested for coronavirus on a daily basis since departing and has produced negative tests so far. New Orleans added that there is “no current timetable for his return to campus” but expect the 20-year-old player back at some point.

Under current NBA protocols, Zion Williamson will have to quarantine for four days upon his return under the condition that he produced daily negative test for seven days straight. If not, he will have to spend up to 10 days in isolation.

Williamson missed the most of the 2019/20 season with a knee injury, but he still managed to put an impressive showing in his first season in NBA. He played 19 games so far and contributed with 23.6 points, 6.8 rebound, and 2.2 assists per game.

On Wednesday night, New Orleans Pelicans played their first exhibition game in Orlando, getting a massive 99-68 win against Brooklyn Nets. Their first regular-season game of NBA restart is scheduled on July 31st when they are set to play Utah Jazz.