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  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson (right knee scope) played 4-on-4 in practice today and he will advance to 5-on-5 on Tuesday.

    Williamson and the Pelicans are hoping for a January debut, and he's making steps toward that goal. Nothing appears imminent, but if the good news keeps coming, Zion might be able to get in about a half-season. He could be anything from a league-winning gamble in roto to a league-losing stash in head-to-head depending on how much and when he sits once he returns.

    Source: Jennifer Hale on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    Team, New Orleans Pelicans

    Coach Alvin Gentry said that Zion Williamson (right knee rehab) participated in practice on Thursday, but he won't join the Pelicans in their upcoming road trip.

    It was only a light practice, but Williamson is nearing his long awaited return. It won't come during the team's next road trip but we should expect a return sometime in January, allaying concerns that he would sit out the entire season. Upon his return, you should expect Brandon Ingram to take a bit of a hit across the board while there will be a minutes crunch coming to the entire Pelicans' front court. Zion has the ability to post early round numbers from the get-go, but expect him to be on a firm minutes restriction starting out. Congratulations if you held him this long.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson ran up and down the court and got shots up with coaches after the Pelicans' shootaround on Friday.

    There still isn't a clear timeline on when Zion will return, but there haven't been any setbacks in his recovery and it is good to see him working out with coaches. Executive Vice President David Griffin said that there will be a "ramp up process" when Zion returns and he will likely not play in back to backs. The only thing to do is hold on and wait for more news.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson (knee) was able to do some light shooting on the court during Tuesday's practice but remains without a timetable to return.

    The Pelicans have been very mum on Williamson's rehab and return since he unexpectedly and suddenly went down ahead of the season opener. Williamson has already surpassed the original timeline, as the team looks continues to stumble in the standings. Keep weathering the storm as we await updates for this year's number one overall pick.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Executive Vice President David Griffin stated that Zion Williamson will likely start off his return not playing in back to backs.

    This is nothing we don't already know, expect the Pelicans to take it very slow with him. This Pelicans team is not winning many basketball games, and certainly don't look like a playoff team. All the more reason for them to monitor Williamson. Griffin said there will be a "ramp up process."

    Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday had a strong game in Thursday's 139-132 overtime loss to the Suns, scoring 23 points, accompanied by seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and a blocked shot.

    Holiday is locked in as one of the elite fantasy point guards. That will continue to be the case with his diverse skillset. The return of Zion Williamson in the near future could mute some numbers slightly, but the efficiency would theoretically improve in concert with that.

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Kristen Ledlow of TNT reported on Tuesday night that Zion Williamson “turned a corner” this week but the team is erring on the side of caution and his return will “definitely” come outside of the 6-8 week window initially projected.

    This is far from an official update but consistent with everything that has been coming out of New Orleans in the last few weeks. Zion is reportedly progressing but his return date remains up in the air and owners will have to make a tough decision in regards to how much more can they wait for him to get back to the court.

    Source: Kristen Ledlow on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Updating a previous report, executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin claimed that Zion Williams is on track to return on his original eight-week schedule.

    This is good news. An update from Griffin carries a lot more weight than our previous information that came from Reggie Miller during the TNT broadcast. Griffin said that Zion is "getting better every day." Many teams will also see significant improvement once Zion takes the floor for the Pelicans. The team still has a lot of rotation questions to figure out, but Zion will remain a centerpiece.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    After speculating that he could miss the season, Reggie Miller corrected himself during the TNT broadcast and said Zion Williamson is on track to return in mid-December.

    Miller stated that "a little birdie" told him that he will "definitely" return in mid-December. It is hard to make too much out of his back-and-forth on the issue, but it is an update nonetheless. Zion will be handled with care whenever he returns, but he will still produce significant mid-round value as long as he takes the floor.

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Pelicans are not blaming Zion Williamson’s weight for his injury and that they are 100 percent confident that this is an isolated incident.

    The Pelicans, just like the rest of the NBA, were well aware of what they were getting themselves into and anyone who watched Williamson’s preseason performances can tell you that having him healthy should be well worth it. Still, it’s true that there’s a great deal of force impacting his body each time he lands, especially since he’s heavier, stronger, and more explosive than any person should be. The Pelicans will absolutely be cautious with their rookie, but the jury is still out there on whether Zion can stay healthy.

    Source: Stadium Network

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss 6-8 weeks.

    The Pelicans had already announced that Williamson would be out for several weeks, but this clarifies the timetable. He's a risky pick at this point but certainly possesses a great deal of talent for those who grab him at a reduced draft slot. In the meantime, Brandon Ingram looks to benefit the most from the available playing time.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson has avoided a serious injury to his right knee but is expected to miss "a period of weeks" according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    This is a massive blow to basketball fans, as Zion has been the story around the league during preseason. While a full recovery is expected, this will likely scare some fantasy managers off the rookie's second-round draft price, and those of you who are betting on a speedy recovery may be able to snag Zion at a discount. He's looked unstoppable and wouldn't have a problem meeting that draft position, but he's carrying far more risk than he was 24 hours ago. As far as his replacements, this will open up more usage for everyone, and among the forward core we'll probably see more time for Brandon Ingram, Kenrich Williams and Nicolo Melli, with Ingram-at-PF minutes opening things up for the guards in smaller lineups.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    According to ESPN, Zion Williamson's knee injury may be more serious than initial reporting suggested.

    News came out earlier this afternoon that Zion would miss Friday's preseason finale vs. the Knicks. Typically, preseason injuries are more precautionary than regular season injuries as the games don't matter. Zion will undergo further evaluation. If you haven't drafted yet, make sure to monitor his status. Risk-averse fantasy players may be best suited to draft someone else as Zion might not be ready to start the season.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson (right knee soreness) will not play in Friday's preseason finale vs. the Knicks.

    Zion has played his way into the early second-round of fantasy drafts this preseason. The Pelicans are likely being cautious with the future star of their franchise. Expect Zion to play on opening night but continue to monitor his status as he will undergo further evaluation.

    Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter