New Orleans Pelicans’ star Zion Williamson has been cleared to progress in basketball-related activities and will return to his team’s home-city after a lengthy rehab period away from the team per a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Williamson, 21, was selected first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.
But through more than two and a half seasons in the NBA, Williamson has played just 85 games, averaging 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists on 60%/33%/68% shooting splits.
Scouts and pundits have long speculated that the combination of Williamson’s weight and style of play would impact his ability to stay healthy.
Those fears have been well-warranted; Williamson has struggled with a variety of injuries since entering the league.
Still, Williamson has proved himself to be a generational talent when on the court.
The Pelicans (27-36) currently sit in tenth place in the Western Conference, half a game behind the Los Angeles Lakers.
A healthy Williamson would almost certainly guarantee the Pelicans a spot in the play-in game.