Zion Williamson's Deal Has Weight Clause

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Zion Williamson and the Pelicans signed a five-year contract extension this offseason, but it reportedly has a clause.

The $193 million over five-year agreement has a weight restriction, according to Christian Clark of NOLA.com.

Duke's combined weight and body fat percentage must be below 295 pounds.

If not, funds can be cut. Williamson is listed at 284 pounds by the Pelicans.

Clark said the 22-year-old "has struggled to remain in shape" for all of his NBA career, and "poor conditioning" played a role in New Orleans' decision to sit him out for most of summer league.

As a rookie, he missed 24 games with a knee ailment and the entire 2021-22 season with a foot injury.

Williamson is training with personal trainer Jasper Bibbs and private chef Christian Green for 2022-23.

Green:"He's in shape. My son wants MVP this season. It's clear. True. Zion will be the NBA's face after LeBron retires.

True. See it. Healing him up. Now he's healthy. He'll be even healthier once the season starts."

It's not a reach to say Williamson can win league MVP. He averaged 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per night in 61 games in his second season.

He'll be joined in New Orleans by Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum, Jonas Valanciunas, Herbert Jones, Jose Alvarado, and more.

Any less than a deep playoff run would be a letdown after the Pelicans challenged the top-seeded Suns sans Williamson.

When he's healthy and in condition, the team's ceiling is higher.