Zion is going to have to watch it.
The NBA All-Star and the New Orleans Pelicans made headlines this offseason when they agreed to a five-year contract extension worth a whopping $193 million, but it reportedly comes with a weight clause. According to NOLA.com, the extension that is worth $193 million over five years and could increase to as much as $231 million with incentives has a weight clause.
“According to league sources, Williamson’s contract stipulates that he will have weigh-ins periodically throughout the entirety of his new deal. The sum of his weight and body fat percentage must be below 295. If it is not, the amount of guaranteed money in Williamson’s contract can be reduced.”
Zion Williamson’s extension contains escalators that kick in if he makes All-NBA/wins MVP next season. It also contains de-escalators that are tied to his conditioning, sources tell @NOLAnews.
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— Christian Clark (@cclark_13) July 28, 2022
The report pointed out that the 22-year-old “has struggled to stay in shape” for much of his NBA career, with “poor conditioning” playing a role in the decision to sit him out for most of summer league after New Orleans selected him with the No. 1 pick of the 2019 draft.
Zion’s personal chef spoke about his shape:
“Definitely getting him in tiptop shape. My boy says he wants the league MVP this year. I see it. I believe it. I believe Zion is going to be the face of the NBA once LeBron James retires. I believe it. I see it. Just getting him in great health. He’s in great health now. But once the season starts, he’s going to be in even better health.”
Zion averaged 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per night while shooting 61.1 percent from the field in 61 games during his second season in the league.
If this dude could just stay healthy he’ll be an absolute beast.
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