Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Out of NBA Bubble, Will Re-Join the Team at a Later Date

Zion Williamson with Duke Blue Devils in March 2019. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (10157476ah)

New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie Zion Williamson has left the NBA’s bubble in Orlando on Thursday morning. According to reports, Williamson is dealing with “an urgent family medical matter.”

Williamson’s exit is temporary, however, and he intends to re-join his teammates at a later date and play for Pelicans once the NBA season resumes.

“We fully support Zion’s decision to leave the NBA campus to be with his family,” said Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin in a team-released statement. “Out of respect for the Williamson family, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Upon his return, Zion Williamson will require to spent time in quarantine according to NBA’s health and safety protocols. If Williamson gets tested on a daily basis while away, he will be required to spend from two to four days in isolation. If not, he’ll have to quarantine up to 10 days.

Having Williamson is crucial for Pelicans if the team intends to make a run for playoffs this year. New Orleans is currently sitting 3.5 games behind No.8 seeded Memphis Grizzlies and have eight regular-season games to make up the difference.

Williamson, who was No.1 overall pick in 2019 NBA Draft, averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19 games he played this season.