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Pelicans star Zion Williamson underwent foot surgery, should be ready for season

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With the NBA season less than a month away, the New Orleans Pelicans are hoping Zion Williamson will be ready by the start of it.

Williamson had offseason surgery to repair a fractured right foot and should be ready for the season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 20, Pelicans vice president David Griffin said Monday.

Griffin said Williamson broke his fifth metatarsal in his foot prior to summer league play, and added that it's unlikely Williamson will play in the preseason.

"We're very optimistic about what that (timeline) looks like," Griffin said.

Williamson made his first All-Star team last season and averaged 27 points per game while making 61.1% of his field goals.

Injuries have impacted Williamson since the Pelicans selected him first overall in 2019. Surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee prior to his rookie campaign limited him to 24 games that year. He fractured his left ring finger last year but played in 61 of 72 games.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Zion Williamson underwent foot surgery for fracture, Pelicans say