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New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson is nearing a five-year rookie max contract extension worth up to $231 million, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Zion Williamson

Zion  Williamson
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Position: SF, PF
Age: 21
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 129 kg
Birth place: North Carolina, United States of America

The commitment will take Williamson's new deal through the 2027-28 season, via the report.

Moreover, the contract is expected to include protections both sides were sorting through overnight.

The 21-year-old Williamson said after the last season ended, "I couldn't sign it fast enough."

He did not play a single game this past campaign due to a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Williamson also missed the first three months of the 2019-20 season, as he suffered from a knee injury.

The No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson has played just 85 games for the Pelicans.

For his career, he has averages of 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists over 31.7 minutes per match.

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Free throws this season

Points made: 18,5
Accuracy: 78,4%
Place in standings: 2
Record max: 33
Record min: 5
Most made FTs: Brandon Ingram