Report: Pelicans’ Williamson expected to miss ‘period of weeks’

New Orleans Pelicans top draft pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from Team USA's camp ahead of the FIBA World Cup. (Steve Marcus/AP)

Zion Williamson is expected to miss a “period of weeks” to start the regular season with a right knee injury, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi.

While Wojnarowski added that a severe injury has been ruled out and that the team is confident in a full recovery, it appears unlikely that Williamson will be available for the New Orleans Pelicans‘ season opener against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 22.

Williamson, the 2019 first-overall pick and presumptive Rookie of The Year favourite, did not travel with the team for their final pre-season game against the New York Knicks due to what was described as right knee soreness.

No further details on the specifics of Williamson’s injury are known at this time.

Throughout the pre-season, the 19-year-old averaged 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals.

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