Zion Williamson's stepfather says the Duke star likes to play for the New Orleans Pelicans if they take him as expected with the first NBA June nomination.
"We are pleased [about coming to New Orleans]," Lee Anderson said the "Off the Bench" radio show on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge on Thursday. "We're pleased."
Anderson answered questions about his stepson's intentions after speculating that Williamson might not want to go to New Orleans. Relatives
Although Williamson has not contracted with an agent or has had a shoe store completed and could theoretically return to Duke for a second year, the 18-year-old has not even publicly suggested to reject the draft. In fact, he said that although he loves Duke, he has to take the next step and go.
"And you said you would return to Duke … there was a lot of speculation, but that's not something we even considered," Anderson said.
Williamson and his family were in contact with the pelicans and plan the next steps with the team.
"I recently spoke to Coach [Alvin] Gentry [Tuesday] and we met [vice president of basketball operations] Mr. Griffin, David Griffin, and then I spoke to him again last night [Wednesday]," Anderson said. "We had a great conversation and are looking forward to the prospect of coming here to settle down and find a home and all those good things."
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"One thing that Zion has always been taught is that you accept things that you can not change, that you change things that you can change, and this is one of the following things with which he has nothing to gain had to do, "Anderson said. "It's the process of the NBA."
In the midst of the tumult around Davis, the pelicans went to 33-49 last season and missed the playoffs. They went to their knees after a 48- 34 win and a defeat in the Western Conference semi-finals, which gave them great hopes. And the Davis saga is still not solved. But New Orleans now has the prospect of winning the college player of the year to trick him into staying.
Anderson was asked if Williamson's decision not to sign with an agent or sign a footwear business led to the family leaving open the possibility of returning to school.
"We just feel that there is no real hurry to do that right now," he told the radio show. "There are not many opportunities in life to have leverage and the ability to control your own narrative, so now we feel able to do that, and we just want to make sure we do whatever, that we do it, it's the right decision … we just want to make sure we get it right. "
Williamson seems to be close to his stepfather and posts a Father's Day message on Instagram last June, thanking Anderson for that he did it "I've been there for myself since I was four, teach me the game I love, and show me how to be a man."