Zion Williamson agrees to max contract extension with Pelicans

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Pelicans forward Zion Williamson
Mar 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) brings the ball up court against Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Smoothie King Center (Photo: Stephen Lew).

Pelicans star Zion Williamson said recently he couldn’t sign a contract extension with New Orleans fast enough.

Within the first 24 hours of negotiations allowed by the NBA for such a deal, the former All-Star was poised to put pen to paper on a new deal.

Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported Friday monring that Williamson is close to signing a max rookie extension worth up to $231 million:

UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN confirmed Saturday afternoon that the deal was officially consumated:

In order to reach the highest income, the 21-year old would have to earn NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year or All-NBA honors this upcoming season. If not, he will earn roughly $40 million less over the course of the deal through the 2027-28 season.

Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 season with a fractured foot but the Pelicans recently announced he is fully cleared for full basketball activities. The previous season, the former Duke star made the NBA All-Star team.

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