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This is probably the safest place to ask these questions..(sorry if they have been asked) What happens if Williamson doesn't sign with agent? Has he 100% declared for the NBA? Can he say that he doesn't want to play for the Pels?
 

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This is probably the safest place to ask these questions..(sorry if they have been asked) What happens if Williamson doesn't sign with agent? Has he 100% declared for the NBA? Can he say that he doesn't want to play for the Pels?
There is a deadline by which he must decide. If he decides to stay in college, he must say so by that date. If he, or any other player, decides to be a draftable commodity, then even if they do not get drafted, they can't return to college. I believe all the LSU players not named Waters and Reid will back out of the draft by that deadline. Any player can "declare" as a tool to get graded by the NBA, but the reason the 7 best players on LSU all "declared" (other than the SR and the two stars) was to force the Will Wade situation to come to a head... mutiny against Alleva and F. King
 

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The last time I can remember this much excitement surrounding a draft pick in New Orleans was the day before the 2006 draft, when the Texans announced they were taking Mario Williams, and we knew the Saints would draft Reggie Bush. I think this will have a transformative effect on the Pelicans just like Reggie did for the Saints.
 

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The freak out by the national media is ridiculous. They wanted Zion in New York or L.A...Chicago at worst.
This is a decent read scolding those big market zealots:


IMO, those media types that are supposed to be promoting the NBA are the very ones that have tempered my fandom of the NBA. They are chasing ratings and money for their networks instead of the league as whole, and if the NBA shares that same view, then perhaps they should shrink the league to just 12 teams because I'm not interested in rooting for big market's farm teams.
 

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I can remember a time when it was hard for the Saints to rope in a free agent prospect, and kids who were drafted by the Saints felt like they had received pro football's 'death sentence'. The mentality of most (if not all) top athletes is wanting to win at the highest level. They want a chance to be on a team that has a legacy of championship trophies.

The Pelicans are certainly not viewed by the draftees as the place to go get a ring. New Orleans obviously wasn't the team he dreamed of playing for as he looked forward to his pro career. Williamson needs to realize that championships will happen here and that he can be the catalyst for that accomplishment in the Big Easy. Once it does, both he and everyone else who has the opportunity will be eager to come to New Orleans and be a Pelican.

It will be just the same as the number of football players who now would love to play for the Saints. And that will be an amazing time to be a sports fan in the Crescent City! :9:
I like your optimism, but I don’t think NBA players think that way anymore. No one (not a superstar at least) believes they can be a catalyst, they just want to go to the team that’s already stacked. That’s one of many reasons I don’t watch. Don’t get me wrong, I hope the Pels do well, and follow from a distance (I rarely watch a game). I’m an old Jazz fan who bailed when they left, but then got interested again during the Bird, Magic and Isiah years. If those guys lost, they didn’t quit and want to go play with their opponent. To the contrary, they were more driven than ever to bounce back and beat them. NBA players may be more talented than ever, but they just don’t seem to have the same heart.
 
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The Pel's could keep Anthony Davis until the trade deadline in February.
That could very well change AD's mind on a trade if working with Zion Williamson on the opposite side freeing up AD, or Zion for team's success.
This would be an exciting team with 2 number one overall lottery picks on the same team.
 

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Has ZW signed with an agent yet? Please tell me it's not Klutch Krutch Sports...
Nope.
This is probably the safest place to ask these questions..(sorry if they have been asked) What happens if Williamson doesn't sign with agent? Has he 100% declared for the NBA? Can he say that he doesn't want to play for the Pels?
It's my understanding that he's going to the NBA. His family is very close and very protective of him and his brand. They are making a decision together on an agent, marketing, etc representation.
The freak out by the national media is ridiculous. They wanted Zion in New York or L.A...Chicago at worst.
He is a huge ratings draw. Duke games set records this year for tv ratings. The team he plays for is going to find it self on tv a lot.
If by some slight chance he does we still get Ja.
I would not be upset one bit. A team with Ja, Jrue, Tatum, Smart, future draft picks is still a damn good start in the right direction.
 

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I’m watching something on espn called The Jump which i never, ever watched before the Pels won the lottery last night.. anyway, Rachel Nichols, who I’m familiar with, and i actually saw her reporting live in NOLA on the street one time, a couple days before the Saints super bowl, just said in re to Zion: “I’ve said it before , and i’ll say it again (while pounding her fist on the table) ‘New Orleans is the best city in America.. Zion will love it there.’”

I think i love her.
 

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