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Uncertain future: Zion Williamson’s contract guarantees altered

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New Orleans Pelicans’ cornerstone, Zion Williamson, currently in the inaugural year of a substantial 5-year, $197 million contract, faces an unprecedented challenge as the final three years of his deal are no longer guaranteed.

Williamson’s persistent game absences, totaling 188 missed out of a possible 302 in his career, have triggered contractual clauses that give the Pelicans control over his future.

Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reveals the contractual intricacies, stating, “the final three years of the deal are no longer guaranteed after Zion Williamson was able to only play in 29 games last season.”

Williamson’s contractual situation allows the Pelicans to waive him after the 2024-25 season with no financial repercussions, a move rival team executives believe would only occur in extreme circumstances.

With Williamson missing substantial game time this season, there’s the potential for it to impact his guaranteed salary for the 2024-25 season.

Despite the Pelicans’ cautionary measures in the contract extension last year, the complex deal reveals the direct link between guaranteed salary and games played.

In his current season, Williamson has played just 39.7% of his team’s games, raising concerns about his future availability.

Williamson’s career has been plagued by injuries, and this season’s extended absence has further fueled uncertainties about his return to the court.

This season, the former first overall pick is averaging 22 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 30.5 minutes per game, showcasing his undeniable impact when on the court.

The Pelicans and Williamson now navigate a complex landscape where contractual decisions intertwine with the player’s availability, adding a layer of uncertainty to the young star’s future in New Orleans.

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