Zion Williamson’s contract extension with Pelicans includes a weight clause, the report says

Zion Williamson’s contract extension with Pelicans includes a weight clause, the report says

Zion Williamson’s new Max contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans includes a weight clause, according to Christian Clark. Williamson will be weighed regularly throughout the deal and if his weight plus body fat percentage is above 295 he could lose money.

Despite some speculative discussions about Willamson’s future with the Pelicans in recent months, there was no drama when he became eligible to sign a new contract. Williamson and the team quickly settled on a five-year Rookie Max extension worth at least $193 million. The new deal goes into effect at the start of the 2023-24 season, and the number could rise to $231 million if Williamson makes an All-NBA team or wins a major honor next season.

“For the Pelicans to come and give me this birthday present, I’m not going to let them down,” Williamson said after officially signing his renewal on his July 6 birthday. “I will not let the city down. I will not disappoint my family. Above all, I will not disappoint myself.”

“The ultimate goal is to win a championship. That’s what we’re all striving for. We’re hungry.”

Williamson, ranked No. 1 overall in 2019, has been plagued by injuries and concerns about his condition throughout his career. He missed nearly his entire rookie season after undergoing knee surgery, was shut down early in his sophomore season with a broken finger, and didn’t play at all last season because a broken foot required surgery and didn’t heal as quickly as expected.

When he was on the ground he was spectacular. In his sophomore season, playing 61 games, he averaged 27 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field and was named an All-Star. His combination of size, power and athleticism is something we’ve rarely seen in the league, making him a must-see attraction.

Because of this, the Pelicans were eager to extend him as soon as possible, despite his injury history. At the same time, handing $193m to a player who has only appeared on the court 85 times is a risky proposition and the Pelicans were looking for some protection for their cap and bottom line if Williamson can’t stay healthy or in Shape.

Adding that clause, which seems fairly easily achievable considering Williamson’s listed playing weight is 284 pounds, seems like a fair compromise. Williamson is still getting his huge extension despite the injuries and the Pelicans have a safety net if anything goes wrong.

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