Williamson is eligible to sign a five-year, $181 million rookie deal after missing the entire 2021-22 season and appearing in just 85 games in his three-year career. He addressed the press for the first time since September of last year.
According to ESPN, Williamson answered, “Of course.” “I was unable to sign it quickly enough.” The Pelicans’ coach, Willie Green, expressed his delight that Williamson wishes to remain with the team. Green stated, “I love that he wants to be here, that he wants to be in the gym, focusing on getting healthy, working on becoming the best player he can be.”
“We welcome everyone who wants to be a part of this community and culture in New Orleans. That’s exactly what we’re looking for.”
Williamson has returned to the team and has begun to play 5-on-5 with his teammates.
“Being around the players, being at the Smoothie King [Center], witnessing the playoff atmosphere,” Williamson said.
“And then there’s the dressing room, which is unique. It was a good locker room for my first two years. But this year, perhaps because of the playoffs, it was more cohesive.” To be honest, it’s depressing to be on the sidelines.
All I want to do is be out there. Simply recognizing the possibility. We offer a lot of fantastic items.
I’m looking forward to playing with those guys on the floor.” David Griffin, the Pelicans’ vice president of basketball operations, discussed Williamson’s deal. “And that’s when we said, ‘OK, he can do whatever he wants to get ready for next season without any restrictions,'” Griffin explained.
“If it’s two-a-days, that’s fantastic. If it’s three-a-days, that’s fantastic. At the same time, we’ve been to a point in the past where we were convinced it would happen. We hope his workload won’t be monitored at that moment.”
As a result, we must also be realistic in such situations. So, essentially, it’ll be about putting him in the best physical case possible coming into next season. And based on what he told you today, I believe he is dedicated to it.”
Williamson locked his gaze on the camera when asked about his relationship with McCollum. “Mr. McCollum, I’d want to thank you for your time. That’s merely retaliation. Mr. ‘I’m going to find out what’s going on,’ she says, “he added with a broad smile.
“CJ is a fantastic individual. I’ve learned so much from him in the short time I’ve been around him. Excellent colleague. I’m looking forward to playing with him on the court.” Williamson said why he didn’t speak to his new teammate immediately away: “Honestly, I was focused on rehabbing around that time.”
“I apologized to CJ by text shortly after that. As I already stated, I was not in a good mental state. Mr. McCollum was unconcerned about it. As I already stated, I am eager to return to the court.”