To the dismay of New York Knicks fans everywhere, Zion Williamson is looking forward to starting his career with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Any slight hope that the New York Knicks would somehow land Zion Williamson has been extinguished. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Williamson had a good meeting with the New Orleans Pelicans and had the Pels on his list of teams where he would like to start his career.
For some optimistic Knicks fans, there was hope that Williamson would flex his muscles and try to force his way to New York. However, Williamson won’t be doing anything of the sort.
Williamson’s stepfather spoke with ESPN Baton Rouge and dispelled any rumors that Zion did not want to play for New Orleans.
“One thing that Zion has always been taught, ‘You accept the things that you can’t change and change the things that you can change.’ And this is one of the things that he had nothing to do with,” Anderson said. “It’s the process of the NBA. Certainly, we’re excited about the Crescent City down in New Orleans.”
Moreover, the Memphis Grizzlies appear to be set on drafting Ja Morant with the No. 2 overall pick. Missing out on Williamson and Morant is tough for Knicks fans, but this isn’t the end of the world.
That leaves the Knicks with top-tier prospect R.J. Barrett at No. 3. New York should be thrilled at the idea of bringing in a player with Barrett’s skill set and sky-high potential. However, should the Knicks want to pursue Anthony Davis, the third overall pick would certainly be part of the deal.