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5 Days After Step Father’s Emotional Message, NBA Future May Turn to Misery for Zion Williamson

Published 06/15/2023, 8:40 AM EDT

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Zion Williamson got caught up in a difficult situation after he announced that he was going to be a father soon. Adult film star Moriah Mills went on the internet to accuse Williamson, leading the 22-year-old’s stepfather to step in and show some support. Now, with only a few days of calm after the whole drama, Williamson is heading towards an uncertain offseason with the New Orleans Pelicans. With the NBA Draft coming up, his future in NOLA has come into question.

The Pelicans had a tough ending to their hard-fought season. Having their star player Zion Williamson sitting out for most of the games did not help either. And after the whole drama surrounding Williamson’s personal life, it looks like the former Duke star’s days in New Orleans may be numbered.

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The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Duke sensation Zion Williamson as the number one pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Williamson was a high-flying and promising prospect that the Pelicans front office believed could be the next face of the organization.

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However, since entering the league, Williamson has been dealing with constant injuries. He only ended up playing 29 games for the Pelicans last season, leaving the team to find other options to succeed. However, the Pelicans got knocked out of the Play-In tournament by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Now, with the NBA draft only days away, there is a strong belief that the Pelicans may be willing to trade Zion in order to get a higher pick in the upcoming draft. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, “There is a lot of chatter about the picks that can move around the top 10 in this draft.

“And one team that has emerged that would really like to move up from their spot at 14 is the New Orleans Pelicans,” added Windhorst. He also mentioned that the Pelicans may be looking to target a player who is star caliber, like Scoot Henderson.

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Days numbered for Zion Williamson?

The 14th pick in the upcoming NBA draft belongs to the New Orleans Pelicans. But how will the Pelicans lure a team that has a top-five pick? Well, according to Brian Windhorst, the entire league is questioning whether the Pelicans front office will make their star forward Zion Williamson available before the draft for a higher pick.

The New Orleans front office might be considering moving on from their former number-one pick. Given the whole drama on social media, as well as the constant injuries to Williamson, the team would go after a star who they can bank upon.

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Watch This Story – After the latest setback, a timeline of injuries faced by Pelicans star Zion Williamson 

So, the question that arises is will the Pelicans make Williamson available to move up the draft? Moreover, which team will take the bait and give up their top-five pick? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with a background in journalism and mass communication. Abhishek uses storytelling along with feedback gathering to curate elegant and exclusive content for ES. His writing covers a wide range of topics, from in-game coverage to off-court activities of NBA stars.
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