NBA Restart: 2019-20
NBA Restart: 2019-20

Zion Williamson has no timetable for return to NBA campus

The No. 1 overall pick is still expected to rejoin the team in Orlando

Tim Reynolds | Associated Press

Jul 22, 2020 3:30 PM ET

Zion Williamson had to leave the NBA campus for an urgent family matter on July 16.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Zion Williamson could still make re-opening night of the NBA season.

The New Orleans Pelicans said Wednesday that Williamson, who left the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World last week, is being tested daily for the coronavirus and continues showing negative results. If that continues, Williamson may have to quarantine for only four days when he returns to the team.

And if that return comes in the next few days, that means he could still have a shot of playing when New Orleans faces Utah on July 30 in the first of the 88 seeding games at Disney.

“While there is no current timetable for his return to campus, he fully intends to rejoin the team,” the Pelicans said in a statement. “Per NBA protocol, his quarantine period will be determined upon his return.”

The minimum quarantine Williamson would have to serve for leaving, even though he was officially excused, is the four-day option.

The rookie left the team to tend to “an urgent family matter,” the Pelicans said.

The former Duke star has played in 19 games this season, averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He also missed the actual opening night of the season, when New Orleans played the first game of this 2019-20 campaign in Toronto against the reigning NBA champion Raptors.

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