Zion Williamson’s five-year, $193 million contract extension has some injury protections in place for the Pelicans.
Shams Charania spoke on The Pat McAfee Show and relayed the information:
“Sources tell me there are protections in Zion Williamson’s max extension, but this is a deal he wanted to get done. As long as he’s healthy and plays in these games, he’s going to have no problems meeting these benchmarks.”
Williamson’s new contract can increase to $231 million if he makes an All-NBA team this year.
The Pelicans are banking in on Williamson, who turns 26 tomorrow, to be healthy in the coming seasons.
He last played in 64 games in the 2020-21 season, where he averaged 27 points and 7.2 rebounds before suffering a broken foot.
Charania also suggested that New Orleans would have to waive Williamson in order for the protections to be initiated.
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