“Zion Williamson Never Playing”: Fans Not Impressed as Pelicans Rumored to Trade for Major Blazers Star

Published 01/31/2022, 8:38 AM EST
Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after making a free throw in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

With a squad hit by injuries, the New Orleans Pelicans have been struggling in the 2021-22 season. The main absentee this year, has been former prodigy Zion Williamson. The young forward was one of the most reliable assets for the franchise during his season and a half. But due to the pandemic and some injuries, Zion has been sidelined for a while now. As a result, the Pelicans, currently placed outside the top-10, will have to look for replacements.

Since the 2020-21 campaign, several NBA buffs complained about the growing physical concerns of young Zion Williamson. After all, he had put on some weight, and lost some of his form. Yet, he was being compared to the likes of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, which meant that he had the potential.

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Having missed the entirety of the 2022 outing, New Orleans is heavily missing him. And now, as a fresh update regarding a potential recruit has emerged, fans aren’t impressed in the least.

NBA Twitter erupts as Zion Williamson’s absence sparks CJ McCollum rumors

With the market opening up now, the Pelicans are among the sides that require fresh talent. And according to the trusted Eric Pincus, they have found their man. He has reported that the management considers 30-year-old Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum as the ‘ideal veteran scorer and leader’. However, this did not sit well with fans across the globe.

It is easy to understand the frustration of the fans. After all, the management views him as ideal to play alongside Zion and Brandon Ingram. However, McCollum hasn’t been in the best touch, and Zion’s return date isn’t known. While one fan said, “Zion [Williamson] never playing,” another went on to comment, “They should go for Tobias Harris instead!” Take a look at the top reactions.

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Do you think the Pelicans trading for McCollum is a wise move? Who would you go for if you were in their place? Comment below.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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