Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJuly 28, 2022
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The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to a five-year contract extension with a notable clause according to reports.

The extension is worth $193 million over five years and could increase to as much as $231 million with incentives according to Christian Clark. The combined weight and body fat percentage of the Duke product needs to be below 295.

Money can be reduced if it's not.

According to the Pelicans, he is listed at 284 lbs.

The 22-year-old has struggled to stay in shape for much of his NBA career, with poor conditioning playing a role in the decision to sit him out for most of summer league after New Orleans selected him with the No.

He missed the entire season due to a foot injury and played 24 games as a rookies because of a knee injury.

Christian Green, who is a private chef, and Jasper Bibbs, who is a personal trainer, are working with the candidate.

Green spoke.

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Getting him in tip top shape. My boy wants the league's Most Valuable Player. I'm aware of it. I think it's true. I think Zion is going to be the face of the NBA. I think it's true. I'm aware of it. Getting him in top shape. He's doing well now. He will be in better health once the season starts.

It's possible that the league's Most Valuable Player could be Williamson. During his second season in the league, he averaged 28.0 points, 7.2 rebound and 3.7 assists per night, while shooting 61.1% from the field.

He will be surrounded by a lot of talent in New Orleans this season, with a group of secondary players in Herbert Jones, Jose Alvarado and others.

After the Pelicans emerged from the play-in tournament and challenged the top-seeded Phoenix Suns, anything less than a deep playoff run would be considered a disappointment.

The team's ceiling is much higher if he is healthy and in shape.