NEW ORLEANS. — New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson will be sidelined up to two months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday.
The Pelicans said Williamson was diagnosed with a torn lateral meniscus and the timetable for his return is 6-8 weeks.
Williamson, the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, underwent tests on the knee on Friday when soreness persisted. He shot 71.4 percent while averaging 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in the preseason.
He is the new face of the Pelicans after disgruntled All-Star Anthony Davis was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. Based on the schedule laid out by the team,
Williamson will likely make his NBA debut in mid-December or close to the start of 2020.
• Pascal Siakam is staying with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors, officially signing a four-
year contract extension reported to be worth $130 million.
The fourth-year forward posted career-high averages for points (16.9), rebounds (6.9) and assists (3.1) last season and is viewed as the focal point of a team searching to rebuild its identity on the fly after Kawhi Leonard helped the franchise win the title last season.
Siakam reportedly will earn $29 million in 2020-21, $31.32 million in 2021-22, $33.64 million in 2022-23 and $35.96 million in 2023-24. He is due to make a base salary of $2.35 million in 2019-20, according to Spotrac.
• Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown agreed to a four-year, $115 million contract extension, his agent told ESPN. The extension, confirmed by agent Jason Glushon, keeps Brown in Boston through the 2023-24 season at an average of $28.75 million per season. – Field Level Media