Zion Williamson agreed to a five-year, $193 million contract with the Pelicans. No player choice. His compensation may increase to $231 million over five years if he is named All-NBA this season. To keep his new $231 million contract, Zion Williamson must maintain a weight of 295 pounds.
Zion Williamson signed this flashy five-year contract with the Pelicans this offseason to remain with them. The deal might be worth up to $231 million.
According to league sources, Zion Williamson’s contract stipulates that he will have weigh-ins periodically throughout the entirety of his new deal. The sum of his weight and body fat percentage must be below 295. If it is not, the amount of guaranteed money in Williamson’s contract can be reduced.
What the clause states
Zion Williamson’s contract reportedly included a strict weight restriction clause, and if he violates it, he will risk financial loss.
Zion’s pay could be affected by the weight clause if he doesn’t reach a certain weight goal.
However, the clause conveys the Pelicans‘ desired message about their devotion to condoning, which has not always been Zion’s main priority. According to some sources, Zion Williamson’s weight increased significantly while he was recovering from a recent injury. Zion’s weight with the Pelicans was stated as 284 pounds; if that is the case, he must have less than 10% body fat to meet the requirement.
Zion Willaimson’ Playing History
Williamson was listed at 284 pounds by the New Orleans Pelicans after being selected first overall in the 2019 playoffs, down from 285 pounds while he was at Duke. Williamson played at a superstar level in his second season, averaging 27 points per game on 61.1 percent shooting after only participating in 24 games as a rookie due to injury problems.
Then, despite rumors that he may make a brief return during the season, he missed the duration of his third season due to a broken foot. Even yet, the Pelicans made the playoffs and gave the league-best Phoenix Suns a scare in the opening round.
Zion Williamson’ remarks
On the other hand, if the 22-year-old is named All-NBA, MVP, or Defensive Player of the Year next season, his contract benefits will start to increase. Williamson is officially listed by the Pelicans as being 6 feet 6 inches and 284 pounds. Although, the coaching staff has expressed concerns about his weight, particularly during his extended injury layoffs.
After the team selected him with the first overall pick in the 2019 Draft, it is those injuries that have upset the supporters. Williamson is eager to establish his value this season because of the new contract. Williamson said last month-
“For the Pelicans to come give me this birthday gift, I’m not going to let them down. I’m not going to let the city down. I’m not going to let my family down. Most importantly, I’m not going to let myself down. The ultimate goal is to win a championship. That’s what we’re all striving for. We’re hungry.”
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