Are the Zion rumors true?
Before the 2023 NBA Draft, there were rumors suggesting that the New Orleans Pelicans were considering trading Zion Williamson in order to move up in the draft and select Scoot Henderson from the G League Ignite team.
However, the team’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin, quickly dismissed these rumors during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
Griffin stated that the rumors surrounding Williamson were generated for the sake of clicks and lacked credibility.
He emphasized that the team had not engaged in any discussions about trading Williamson, despite concerns about his injuries and the constant attention surrounding him.
“I would say that it’s as good as it’s ever been,” Griffin told SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I think what’s unfortunate is he’s a name that generates clicks no matter what the link says. Zion [Williamson] puts on his socks – people click on that. And so it makes it really easy for people to manufacture rumor around him because they don’t have to have any kind of actual credibility behind what they say to generate clicks.”
“As a society – and this is true across all platforms – reality doesn’t matter anymore. Generating clicks matters. And unfortunately for [Williamson], he’s an oddity and someone that people pay a great deal of attention to and manufacture a lot of stories around.”
“We never had a single conversation that [Williamson] was part of. I think that people perceive that we would be willing to move off of [Williamson] because of all the injuries, because of all the noise that surrounds him. Fortunately for us, the noise never actually matches what we’re experiencing.”
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It is important to note that Griffin’s response is a typical public relations answer when confronted with trade rumors involving current players.
Nonetheless, considering Griffin’s recent comments about Williamson’s understanding of what it takes to stay healthy and Williamson’s own remarks on the matter, it appears that both parties are in a good place.
However, there is still time before the 2023-24 NBA season begins, so it remains to be seen whether the partnership between Griffin and Williamson will continue or if a split is possible.
As far as Zion’s off the court rumors, now that’s probably never going to be clarified.