Zion Williamson ‘intends to rejoin team’ after leaving bubble

Even outdoors the bubble, Zion Williamson continues to be examined each day for COVID-19.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Wednesday that their star rookie, who left Orlando’s NBA campus final week due to an “pressing household matter,” has continued to check detrimental for the coronavirus since he has been away from the workforce, doubtlessly accelerating Williamson’s return to the court docket when he returns to Florida. Williamson’s required quarantine interval might final anyplace from 4 days to 2 weeks and will likely be decided by the league.

“Whereas there is no such thing as a present timetable for his return to campus, he totally intends to rejoin the workforce,” a workforce assertion learn. “Per NBA protocol, his quarantine interval will likely be decided upon his return.”

The Pelicans (28-36), who’re scheduled to play their first sport of the restarted season on July 30 in opposition to the Jazz, are presently three half video games again of the Grizzlies for the ultimate playoff spot within the Western Convention. They have to be inside 4 video games of the No. eight seed with a purpose to pressure a play-in collection, which might require two Pelicans wins for the workforce to advance.

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New Orleans performed nearly all of the season with out its No. 1 general choose, who didn’t debut till Jan. 22 due to a knee damage. Upon returning, Williamson dominated as he did throughout his one unimaginable season at Duke, averaging 23.6 factors and 6.eight rebounds, whereas capturing 58.9 % from the sector and main the workforce to an 11-9 document, earlier than the season was suspended on March 11.

“I reached out to Zion and I informed him we’re going to do our greatest to carry it down for him till he will get again, every time that’s,” veteran JJ Redick lately stated on his self-titled podcast. “As a teammate, he’s a member of the family, so we are going to do our greatest to maintain this factor rolling. No matter is happening, we wish the perfect for him. I really feel terrible for him as a result of a lot of this season has been a rollercoaster for him and it appeared like he was in such place so, hopefully, we get him again quickly.”

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