Zion Williamson says he talked with RJ Barrett in college about playing on same NBA team in future
Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett have dreamed of a potential partnership in the pros, and that could have become a reality if New Orleans Pelicans trading up for the No. 3 overall pick to bring the Duke teammates together under one roof. That obviously didn’t happen, as the Pelicans wound up trading the No. 4 pick in order to move down in the draft instead of up.
Yet the dream isn’t completely off the map, as these two college standouts could wind up playing together at some point during their careers, as the era of player power has been able to prove in the last few years:
“Yeah, we talked about it in college a lot,” Williamson admitted in an interview with Macklin Stern of Complex. “We kinda talked about it as we were both going to get our careers started and see how it goes. I mean, if we can possibly link up in the future, that would be great. But we both understand that if things are going well in our prospective cities, we’ll just kind of leave it there.”
Williamson was the no-brainer choice at No. 1 for the Pelicans, while Barrett went to the Knicks at No. 3, as many expected. The two could reunite later down the road or leave things as is if they both find success with their respective teams, with Zion suggesting he intends to play in New Orleans his whole career.
The Pelicans look to be in far better position to have a bright future than the Knicks, so it could very well be Barrett who makes the move first, unless the Knicks take the first major step and trade him like they did with Kristaps Porzingis. If that is the case, Zion Williamson may not have to wait very long to see his former Duke teammate don the same uniform.