It’s close. Very close.
Zion Williamson‘s NBA debut could happen Thursday when his Pelicans take on the Jazz, but New Orleans tried to quiet those rumors on Monday night saying that nothing has been set yet. Via Will Guillory of The Athletic.
I was told today there still isn't a planned date in mind. The team wants to evaluate him after going through at least one more 5-on-5 practice back in NOLA.
He's getting close, but I wouldn't circle any dates quite yet. https://t.co/QFXIiSGzLO
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) January 13, 2020
New Orleans is in Detroit on Monday night, then flies home and does not play again until Thursday. That certainly would leave time for a Wednesday practice and the possible Zion debut Thursday.
However, like any smartly run team, the Pelicans are not going to commit to a timeline.
If you want more footage of Zion looking close, here you go (this is from Saturday).
— Mike G (@mikeposts) January 13, 2020
Zion reportedly did workout pregame in Detroit but did not dunk. Williamson has been out all season following surgery to repair his right lateral meniscus during training camp.