August 1, 2020, 8:43 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson played 14 minutes in a 126-103 loss to the Clippers, scoring seven points with five rebounds and three turnovers.
Zion has now played under 15 minutes in each of the first two games since the restart. Even worse, the Pelicans have now dropped to four games behind the eighth-seeded Grizzlies and are behind the Blazers, Spurs and Kings in the standings. Although Zion would help the Pelicans on the court, the medical staff has final say on how many minutes he can play and won't be pressured by the playoff race. He is too risky to trust in DFS until his minutes increase.
July 31, 2020, 3:07 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Due to a late arrival to the Orlando bubble, Zion Williamson (re-conditioning) will continue to have his minutes limited as the team faces off against the Clippers on Saturday.
Zion looked good in the 15 minutes that he saw on Thursday and we should expect to see his playing time slowly ramp up for these eight games. However, David Griffin made it very clear to the media that Zion will continue to have a minutes restriction until the team's staff believes that he is ready for his full complement of playing time. Zion is someone to stay away from in DFS lineups on Saturday due to this news.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
July 30, 2020, 10:26 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson was limited to 15 minutes of action due to re-conditioning and despite scoring 13 points in that short stint, he was forced to watch from the bench as the Pelicans blew a big lead to the Jazz on Thursday night.
These restricted minutes will really cause problems when trying to project how effective Williamson will be. They will need him to contribute as much as possible. Until we get more clarity or more minutes out of Zion, it's hard to recommend him as a DFS play on the risk of low volume.
July 30, 2020, 5:37 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (re-conditioning) will play in "short bursts" throughout Thursday's contest vs. the Jazz.
It is highly likely that Zion enters the starting lineup but will have his minutes monitored closely as he is very important for future of the franchise. With Zion back, Nicoló Melli will see less time on the court and Brandon Ingram might see slightly less usage. However, Ingram is still a worthy DFS play. Zion, on the other hand, should be viewed as a riskier option as he may not play a full complement of minutes in his first game back. Let's get ready for some basketball!
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
July 30, 2020, 4:52 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, it is very likely that Zion Williamson (re-conditioning) will be cleared to play but would face a minutes restriction for Thursday's season re-opener vs. the Jazz.
It appears that Zion will be in the starting lineup as the Pelicans look to make a run at a playoff berth. However, he will be on a minutes-restriction if he is available so there are likely better options for DFS. Lonzo Ball could see a boost with Zion back as they had great chemistry when they took the floor together. Brandon Ingram, on the other hand, might see his value diminish slightly as there will be less usage for him. Continue to wait for official word over the next hour or so.
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July 30, 2020, 11:04 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson joined his teammates in their morning shootaround prior to Thursday's game against the Jazz.
Williamson had previously been away from the team attending to a family matter and is currently working his way back into game shape. The Pelicans are being cautious with their rookie sensation and are easing him back into the fold slowly. He still remains a game-time decision for tonight's game but seeing him on the floor this morning is a positive sign.
Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter
July 29, 2020, 3:25 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (personal) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Jazz.
Williamson had been away from the Pelicans attending to a family matter. He has since rejoined the team and practiced on Wednesday. Fantasy owners will want to check back prior to the game for an update on his status. If he cannot play, Nicolo Melli should see a boost in usage.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 28, 2020, 8:07 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry recently shared that Zion Williamson went through 5-on-0 drills but not any 5-on-5 work on Tuesday, adding that medical staff will determine if he can play on Thursday vs. the Jazz.
The Pelicans will take a cautious approach when it comes to Zion and that's understandable. If he's unable to make his restart debut on Thursday, Nicolo Melli will be the most likely candidate to start in his place.
Source: Ben Golliver on Twitter
July 28, 2020, 5:50 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson has cleared quarantine and will practice with the team on Tuesday per ESPN.
Williamson will resume training with the team after passing the quarantine protocols. He was excused from the bubble to attend an urgent family matter, something that kept him away for a number of days. After returning from injury, Williamson made an immediate impact for the Pelicans and they will be glad to have him on deck for their initial matchup with the Jazz on Thursday.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 27, 2020, 2:18 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson is expected to participate in Wednesday's practice, per ESPN's Malika Andrews.
Williamson was out of the bubble for eight days due to a personal matter but came back on Friday. If all of Zion's tests continue to return negative, he should clear quarantine some time on Tuesday. He won't be able to play in any scrimmages, which might impact his playing time over New Orleans' first couple of seeding games, so fantasy players will just have to hope for a positive update on Zion's conditioning and workload before the games begin. He's got plenty of hype but his lack of defensive stats, plus the potential minutes constraints, makes him liable to be overdrafted in resumption leagues.
July 25, 2020, 11:28 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson is expected to play in the opener on Thursday against the Jazz.
Williamson's four-day quarantine after returning from a personal matter began on Friday and he should be a full-go although the Pelicans may be a bit cautious with their franchise player after such a long layoff. His money-counting (triples, blocks, steals) leave a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective but his points and field goal percentage help him at least be a mid-round guy.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 24, 2020, 8:30 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
According to Andrew Lopez, Zion Williamson has reportedly rejoined the Pelicans in the NBA bubble in Orlando on Friday.
Williamson, who left the campus on July 16 for personal reasons, will go through the standard quarantine protocol and could be cleared to play in the Pelican's next game. This is a big deal. Zion is a force of nature and always impresses on the court and also in the box scores. He's worth grabbing in the middle rounds of resumption-league drafts.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
July 22, 2020, 6:15 pmDerrick FavorsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Alvin Gentry informed the media that Derrick Favors (rest) will not participate in Wednesday's game vs. the Nets.
The Pelicans elected to have their 10-year veteran sit out of the team's first scrimmage. This means that we will probably see more of Jaxson Hayes and Jahlil Okafor on Wednesday. Favors will be ready once the regular season games resume and could see an increased workload if Zion Williamson (personal) misses time.
Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter
July 22, 2020, 3:37 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (personal) left the Orlando campus on July 16 and has no timetable for a return, but has been testing negative for Covid-19 on a daily basis.
Williamson would give the Pelicans a huge boost when he is able to return to Orlando. If he continues to test negative for the virus while being away to deal with a family matter, it appears likely that his quarantine period upon arrival in Orlando will be short. Signs point towards Zion missing the team's first game on July 30. Brandon Ingram will be the primary beneficiary from a fantasy perspective if Zion misses time as he will see a significant increase in usage.
Source: Pelicans on Twitter
July 16, 2020, 2:22 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson, who left the NBA bubble to deal with a family matter on Thursday, was reportedly also dealing with bouts of leg cramps.
Williamson missed parts of practice to have the issue worked on but it's not expected to be any sort of hindrance to his playing status. Obviously Williamson's health is going to be New Orleans' top priority but this seems like more of a footnote story than something to get worked up about. Zion's going to be facing a four-day quarantine (assuming a negative COVID test) when he's ready to return to the Pels, who kick off the NBA restart on July 30 against the Jazz.
Source: The Athletic