According to the agent, Zion Williamson is agreeing to a 5-year, $193 million extension with the Pelicans.

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New Orleans Pelicans Forward Zion Williamson on Saturday agreed to a 5-year, $193 million maximum extension for a rookie to stay on the team, according to his agent.

The deal could net Williamson up to $231 million, his agent Austin Brown told ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will allow Williamson to remain in control of the team into the 2027/28 season.

The Pelicans can’t announce a deal until July 6 due to league rules.

The deal shows the Pelicans’ faith in Williamson, despite the injury-prone former top pick in the draft sitting out the entire 2021-2022 season with a broken leg and playing in just 85 games over three seasons in the league. In late May, a few weeks after the season ended, the team announced that Williamson was allowed to play basketball without restrictions.

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No. 1 Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans dribbles the ball during the fourth quarter of an NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center on May 4, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

No. 1 Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans dribbles the ball during the fourth quarter of an NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center on May 4, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Williamson showed potential for glory when he was healthy, averaging 27 points and seven rebounds in the 2020-2021 season. 21 year old boy named NBA All-Star Game that season.

Williamson, who stands at 6ft 6in and weighs 284lbs, has been keen in recent months to dispel rumors of a possible change of scenery.

In April, he indicated that he would not hesitate to sign the offer sheet from New Orleans, telling reporters that he “couldn’t sign it fast enough.”

And last month, the former Duke Blue Devil told the media it was “not a secret” that he wanted to stay with the Pelicans. “I feel like I stood by it when I spoke. It’s been a long year for me in rehab and mental battles. Now I’m fine. I’m ready to get to work,” he said at the time.

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots and Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, January 1.  February 19, 2021 in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots and Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, January 1. February 19, 2021 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

Williamson has reason to be optimistic about the future of his baseball club, given how they performed in his absence under rookie head coach Willie Green. Last season, the Pelicans finished eighth in the Western Conference and secured a playoff berth with two league play-in wins.

New Orleans would then push the top-seeded Phoenix Suns to six games in the best-of-seven series before they eliminated from the playoffs.

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FILE - New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson watches a shootout ahead of Game 6 of the NBA Basketball Team's First Round Playoff Series against the Phoenix Suns, April 29, 2022, in New Orleans.  Two people familiar with the decision say Williamson agreed to a five-year, $193 million extension.  People spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NBA rules prevent an extension from becoming official until July 6.  (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert, File)

FILE – New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson watches a shootout ahead of Game 6 of the NBA Basketball Team’s First Round Playoff Series against the Phoenix Suns, April 29, 2022, in New Orleans. Two people familiar with the decision say Williamson agreed to a five-year, $193 million extension. People spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NBA rules prevent an extension from becoming official until July 6. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert, File)

The team was led by former All-Star Brandon Ingram, veteran big man Jonas Valanciunas, and high-scoring defenseman CJ McCollum, who was signed midseason. The Pelicans also received input from some promising young players, including Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III and José Alvarado.

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“It sucked to watch from the outside, but I saw our potential. We have a lot of great pieces and I’m happy to be on the court with these guys… You’ve seen it on the court. We have a dedicated group,” Williamson told the media following his team’s playoff exit in April.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.