Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Mickey Loomis asked him if Zion Williamson could first play tight end for Saints
The New Orleans Pelicans are undoubtedly still feeling over the moon following Tuesday night’s coup of the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.
New Orleans Saints executive vice president Mickey Loomis (who’s also involved with the Pelicans) has caught the Zion Williamson fever. Loomis even sent a personal message to Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry jokingly inquiring about Zion’s availability:
Alvin Gentry got a text from Saints Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis last night: “Before he plays for you can he play tight end for us?”
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) May 15, 2019
This is pretty funny and intriguing at the same time, as it is actually not hard to imagine Williamson suiting up for the NFL to play professional football. He definitely has the size and the speed to make it in the NFL, so while Loomis is obviously kidding here, his premise is actually quite legitimate.
Nonetheless, he is jumping to one huge conclusion here: that the Pelicans actually decide to use the first overall pick on Zion. Sure, the Duke standout is the consensus No. 1 pick, and New Orleans would undoubtedly take a lot of heat if it opted to pass on Williamson. But in truth, Murray State’s Ja Morant or even Williamson’s Duke teammate in RJ Barrett are excellent prospects in their own right.
Still, Loomis will likely turn out to be right all along, as the risks involved in not taking a once-in-a-generation talent like Zion far outweighs its benefits. With Anthony Davis on his way out, Williamson appears set on becoming the Pelicans’ new cornerstone superstar for the foreseeable future.