Zion Williamson on New Orleans: I do want to be here

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Speaking to reporters, Zion Williamson was asked if opening the camp was a sign he wanted to stay in New Orleans. “I do want to be here. That’s no secret. I feel like I’ve stood on that when I spoke,” Williamson said to reporters at the Dryades YMCA in New Orleans. “Currently, this does not really have anything to do with that. This is just me wanting to be a pillar in my community.”
Source: Andrew Lopez @ ESPN

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When asked about the extension, Williamson flashed a big smile and said, “You have to ask the Pels, baby.” -via ESPN / June 11, 2022

Williamson has been working out in New Orleans along with several other Pelicans since then. “It was a long year for me or rehab and mental battles. I’m fine now. I’m ready to get to work,” Williamson said. Williamson added that he’ll spend the rest of the summer working out preparing for the 2022-23 year while also taking a week or two to himself toward the end before the season starts. -via ESPN / June 11, 2022

The Post has learned the Bulls are continuing to do their research on Mitchell Robinson ahead of the July 1 free-agency period. The Bulls could be the main competitors for Robinson if the Knicks don’t lock him up to a contract extension on June 30. The Bulls want to enhance their interior defense and believe Robinson could be a good fit slotted alongside offensive center Nikola Vucevic. Chicago reportedly has $49 million in cap space but that’s before they commit to free agent Zach Lavine — if they do commit. -via New York Post / June 11, 2022