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. KingThis 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?
This is a decent read scolding those big market zealots:The freak out by the national media is ridiculous. They wanted Zion in New York or L.A...Chicago at worst.
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.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!
Nope.Has ZW signed with an agent yet? Please tell me it's not
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.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?
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.The freak out by the national media is ridiculous. They wanted Zion in New York or L.A...Chicago at worst.
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.If by some slight chance he does we still get Ja.
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