On the heels of a new contract extension, people all over the NBA are discussing New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson. Williamson, who signed a five-year deal worth $193 million, will be locked into New Orleans until at least 2028.

Many people around the NBA were interested to see what a potential deal could look like for Williamson.

The former number one overall pick has struggled to stay healthy. When on the court, he has been dominant, but he has missed time in each of his professional seasons. He missed all of the 2021 season with a foot injury.

David Griffin, who serves as the Executive Vice President of the Pelicans, played a large role in Williamson’s choosing to come back. 

In a recent interview with SiriusXM Radio NBA, Griffin spoke about Williamson signing a new deal, and how the process played out. 

Live and breathe the NBA?

🚨 Get viral NBA graphics, memes, rumors and trending news delivered right to your inbox with the Clutch Newsletter.

“In terms of whether he wanted to stay, Zion had always been very clear with us about what he wanted, about what his goal set was. He never wavered off of that.”

Williamson, who has played just 85 career games, is set to be the face of the franchise for this Pelicans team. Since entering the league in 2019, Williamson has posted averages of 25.7 PPG, 7 RPG, and 3.2 PPG. 

The Pelicans have already assembled one of the best young cores in the NBA. While they are headlined by Williamson, CJ McCollum, and Brandon Ingram, they also have several other solid players. Herb Jones, Jaxson Hayes, and Devonte’ Graham have all shown real potential.

When healthy, Williamson has already proven to be an elite player. If he can stay on the court, he could help propel the Pelicans to a top seed in the west.