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Zion Williamson to be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks after receiving injection in foot

Pelicans PF will be shut down for at least another month before being cleared to return to basketball activities.

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on from the bench during a timeout against the Miami Heat during the second half at FTX Arena on November 17, 2021 in Miami, Florida.  Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Update, Dec. 16 — Pelicans PF Zion Williamson received an injection in his foot and will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.

Williamson had suffered a setback in his recovery from offseason foot surgery and now he’s going to miss at least another month. Even if he’s re-evaluated after a month and everything checks out, it’ll take at least a few weeks to ramp up before returning to the court in an actual game this season. With that said, it’s likely Williamson is out at least another two months or so, depending on how his foot responds to the injections.

The New Orleans Pelicans are likely to shut down PF Zion Williamson from basketball activities due to soreness he’s experiencing in his surgically repaired foot, The Athletic reported Saturday afternoon. More reports are saying Williamson had a regression in the healing in his bone, which has caused the setback.

Williamson had been working his way back from offseason foot surgery, a recovery that’s been taking longer than expected. Zion was cleared for basketball activities and appeared close to a return, but now it looks like the opposite is the case. It makes sense. The Pelicans aren’t competing for anything right now at the bottom of the West and there’s no reason to rush Williamson back. That could risk re-injury and we know Williamson already isn’t thrilled with the franchise. Hopefully Zion can make a full recovery and get back on the court this season.

This was sort of always going to be the case for NOLA. The team is 8-20 and while the Pelicans still have a shot at the play-in tournament, we know they aren’t competing for anything really. This could expedite Williamson’s departure from New Orleans. It’s pretty clear he doesn’t want to play for the Pelicans and is going through the motions until he can hit free agency. Williamson can become a RFA in 2023 and could force a sign-and-trade in a couple offseasons.

Anyway, as long as Zion is out, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas will continue to carry the team offensively and will remain solid fantasy basketball assets. Herbert Jones should stick in the starting lineup as well and is an OK fantasy option in deeper leagues. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Willy Hernangomez will also be leaned on with Williamson still out.