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Zion Williamson verliert Geld, weil er nicht abgenommen hat

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One of the league’s best young player’s career could be fading before our eyes.

According to a report from The Athletic, Zion Williamson’s newly signed max contract is no longer guaranteed over the last three years. Williamson signed a five-year, $197 million contract in July 2022. However, due to missing more than 22 games last year, he triggered a clause in his contract that pays the entire guaranteed money in the 2025-2026, 2026-2027, and 2027-2028 seasons as non-guaranteed money.

The first overall pick in 2019 could forfeit his entire contract as early as the end of the 2024-2025 season, resulting in a loss of $126.5 million, according to Spotrac. The Athletic noted that Williamson’s contract also includes provisions to secure back-end guarantees by playing enough games and reaching certain weight checkpoints.

Since entering the NBA, Williamson has had a career full of highs and lows. He came into the NBA as one of the most hyped college prospects in recent memory, but has missed significant time throughout his career. Williamson recently came under criticism for poor performance during the season tournament, with Shaquille O’Neal calling him out of shape:

“Not running hard,” O’Neal said. “It’s not a diss. It’s gonna be a lesson from a big man to another that can be a big man. Not running hard. I had the same problem. I thought I was running hard.”

O’Neal later vouched for Williamson, arguing that he could be the best player in the league. The four-time NBA champion compared Williamson to an early career version of himself.

“I was just like that. People always pull me aside… ‚Hey man, you had 24 points, but you’re not working as hard as you need to be.‘ I was like, ‚What are you talking about?‘ Once he decides to grab the killer and go hard, he’s gonna be a dangerous man.”

At times, Williamson has played like one of the best in the league. In the 29 games available to Williamson last year, he averaged 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists, a feat only achieved by five other players last year, according to Stathead: Jayson Tatum, Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, and the reigning MVP Joel Embiid.

Williamson still has time to turn his career around. The Pelicans‘ center has played 23 out of 28 games this season, averaging 22 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. He is on track to surpass his career-high of 67 games played, barring any major injuries. According to David Griffin, EVP of Basketball Operations for the Pelicans, this is the most seriousness Williamson has ever taken in professional basketball.

“This was the first summer we’ve seen Zion truly invest himself in a way outside the game that I think matters,” Griffin said in October, adding, “He found a level of commitment that was important.”

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