Zion Williamson has only played two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, and there are already rumors about him being upset. The franchise has missed the playoffs both years he’s been in town, and the explosive forward will play for his third coach in three years in 2021-22.
Pelicans fans are hopeful Williamson doesn’t become the next Chris Paul and Anthony Davis and request a trade. To ensure that doesn’t happen, rap legend Master P — who played preseason NBA basketball in the ’90s — knows exactly what needs to occur.
Master P says Pelicans should hire him as new coach
Master P is one of the greatest artists of all time, but many people forget he used to be a talented basketball player. He played preseason ball with the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors in the ’90s and coached San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan on the AAU level in California.
Given his basketball experience and love for the game, Master P believes the Pelicans should hire him as their new coach to keep Williamson happy.
“If they bring me in as a head coach or assistant coach, I think I can change the game,” the rap legend told TMZ. “We’ll win, and Zion will be happy. I feel like it’s motivating the players and understanding them. That’s the most important thing.”
The odds of the Pelicans hiring Master P are next to none. With that said, New Orleans better hire someone Williamson and his family like. Otherwise, things could get ugly in the Big Easy.
Zion Williamson’s family members reportedly want to see him on another team
According to The Athletic, certain family members of Williamson want to see him on another team. Williamson was also reportedly irritated by the Pelicans’ decision to trade JJ Redick to the Dallas Mavericks.
Through his first 85 NBA games, Williamson has been spectacular. He’s averaging 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 60.4% from the field, 33.3% from beyond the arc, and 68.3% from the free-throw line. The one-time All-Star has a PER of 26.3 and has certainly lived up to the hype of being a No. 1 overall draft pick.
Despite Williamson’s superb play, though, the Pelicans have been a walking disaster over the last two years. The franchise is under immense pressure to hire a coach Williamson is fond of this offseason and build a winning roster around the North Carolina native. If they don’t, they could lose Williamson the same way they lost Paul and Davis.
Williamson will be eligible to sign a rookie-scale contract extension after the 2021-22 season. Assuming he signs it, he could potentially request a trade from the Pelicans in the summer of 2023 if he doesn’t see improvements within the organization.
If Williamson does end up requesting a trade in the future, don’t be surprised if the New York Knicks emerge as a team he prefers to play for.
Zion Williamson couldn’t stop smiling when asked about MSG in April
After the Pelicans lost to the Knicks in April, Williamson couldn’t stop smiling during his media session with reporters when he was asked about playing in Madison Square Garden. The high-flyer said MSG is his favorite place to play outside of the Smoothie King Center.
Williamson’s Duke teammate RJ Barrett plays for the Knicks. It’s not implausible to assume that he wants to play in New York and reunite with Barrett. The Knicks are also on the rise after making the playoffs this season for the first time since 2012-13 and could make some serious noise with Williamson in the fold.
However, the Pelicans still have full control of Williamson’s future could turn things around with the right coach. The clock, though, is certainly ticking on their timeline to appease Williamson.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.