Pelicans star Zion Williamson's return date unclear after foot surgery

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors centre Kevon Looney in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, May 3, 2021.The Warriors won 123-108. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said Thursday that star forward Zion Williamson does not have a fixed timeline to return after undergoing foot surgery this off-season.

After surgeons reviewed his latest scans, Griffin said Williamson was cleared to take the next step but will be re-evaluated in two weeks and miss the start of the season.

The 21-year-old is one of the NBA's biggest rising stars, but has had trouble staying on the court due to a variety of injuries.

Last season, he averaged 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists over 61 games as a sophomore. He played only 24 games in 2021-22.

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