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Knee surgery costs Pelicans’ Zion Williamson first few weeks of regular season

SFGate Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Zion Williamson will miss the start of the season after the No. 1 overall draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans had right knee surgery, sidelining the hyped rookie for nearly two months.

Williamson had his torn right lateral meniscus repaired on Monday. The club says his recovery will last six to eight weeks.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games. He missed New Orleans’ final exhibition game in New York last Friday night.

Williamson, 19, turned pro after one season in college, during which he averaged 22.6 points and was voted to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s All-Defensive Team. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocked shots.

He was projected to start immediately at forward for New Orleans, alongside guards Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday, forward Brandon Ingram and center Derrick Favors.

*Hield extension:* Fourth-year guard Buddy Hield has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Kings.

The team didn’t provide details of the contract in announcing Hield’s extension and planned a news conference for Tuesday. The Kings open the season Wednesday at Phoenix.

Hield started all 82 games for the Kings last season and averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. During his rookie season of 2016-17, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Hield was acquired by the Kings in the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans.

*Other extensions:* The Celtics signed forward Jaylen Brown to a four-year contract extension that could pay him as much as $115 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. ... The Nets signed Taurean Prince to a multiyear contract extension, just a few months after acquiring him in an offseason trade. Terms of the deal for the 2016...
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Zion Williamson Out 6-8 Weeks After Knee Surgery . Williamson had surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee on Monday. . Williamson will miss at least the first 20 games of the regular season. . New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry thought Williamson injured his knee on Oct. 13 against the San...

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