Pelicans 'hopeful' Zion Williamson available for 2021-22 season opener

September 28, 2021, 7:00 AM ● NBA.com Staff

New coach Willie Green: "The timeline is that we're hopeful he can start the season."

New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin says Zion Williamson is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a broken metatarsal in his right foot but could be available for the start of the regular season.

Griffin says the injury occurred on a basketball court while Williamson was working out on his own this summer.

The forward’s “rehab has been done totally in lockstep with the organization, and we’re happy with that,” Griffin says.

Williamson was not with the club during recent voluntary workouts in Nashville, Tennessee, where the Pelicans chose to temporarily relocate after Hurricane Ida. But he has joined the team in New Orleans.

Coach Willie Green says Williamson is working out primarily in swimming pools for the time being to minimize stress on his healing foot, but he should be back on the court during the preseason.

“The timeline is that we’re hopeful he can start the season,” Green said. “Until then, it’s just a progression with him and the medical team.”