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Zion Williamson ‘has a WEIGHT clause in his new $193m deal that could cost him MILLIONS’

REVEALED: Zion Williamson ‘has a WEIGHT clause in his new $193 million deal that could cost the Pelicans star MILLIONS if he fails to keep his weight and body fat percentage below 295’

  • Zion Williamson’s New Contract With The Pelicans Reportedly Has A Weight clause
  • The former Duke star signed a five-year, $193 million rookie max extension
  • He must have his weight and body fat percentage below the combined 295 . to keep
  • Williamson is listed at 284 pounds, but reportedly weighed a whopping 330

Zion Williamson’s new max contract gives the New Orleans Pelicans forward plenty of motivation to keep his fluctuating weight in check.

The former Duke star signed a $193 million rookie max extension for five years on his 22nd birthday earlier this month — a deal that could be worth as much as $231 million with incentives, but NoLa.com reports that the contract contains a potentially costly weight clause.

Williamson is reportedly required to keep the sum of his weight and body fat percentage below 295, the report said. The team currently lists the 6-foot-6 powerhouse at 284 pounds, which would mean he must have a body fat percentage of less than 11 to maintain a good reputation with the pelicans.

Zion Williamson #1 teams up with Assistant Coach Teresa Weatherspoon of the New Orleans Pelicans for the game against the New Orleans Pelicans during Round 1 Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 28

Zion Williamson #1 teams up with Assistant Coach Teresa Weatherspoon of the New Orleans Pelicans for the game against the New Orleans Pelicans during Round 1 Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 28

Williamson in April during rehabilitation from his foot injury

Williamson as a rookie with the Pelicans in 2019, when he weighed a lot less

(Left) Williamson in April while recovering from his foot injury. (Right) Williamson as a rookie with the Pelicans in 2019, when he weighed a lot less

The former Duke star signed a $193 million rookie max extension for five years on his 22nd birthday earlier this month — a deal that could be worth as much as $231 million with incentives.

The former Duke star signed a $193 million rookie max extension for five years on his 22nd birthday earlier this month — a deal that could be worth as much as $231 million with incentives.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon claimed in December Williamson’s weight may have reached 330 pounds when he returned from botched foot surgery in July 2021. The former NBA All-Star missed the entire 2021-22 season due to the foot surgery.

Williamson’s weight has been a major concern throughout his short career as he has played in just 85 games due to a series of lower body injuries. A recent ad campaign Williamson did with the Mountain Dew soft drink, as well as some unflattering photos of the South Carolina native, drew criticism on social media.

Despite the injury issues, Williamson has proven to be one of the league’s most efficient players, with 60.4 percent of his field goals and an average of 25.7 points per game, logging 31.7 minutes per night.

Williamson's weight has been a major concern throughout his short career as he has played in just 85 games due to a series of lower body injuries.  A recent ad campaign Williamson did with the soft drink, Mountain Dew (pictured), as well as some unflattering photos of the South Carolina native, drew criticism on social media

Williamson’s weight has been a major concern throughout his short career as he has played in just 85 games due to a series of lower body injuries. A recent ad campaign Williamson did with the soft drink, Mountain Dew (pictured), as well as some unflattering photos of the South Carolina native, drew criticism on social media

Incredibly, Williamson has an average of 0.81 points per minute in the NBA, which would qualify him for second in league history behind Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (0.83) and a head of Michael Jordan ( 0.72).

Murray says it's 'disrespectful...almost a joke' when people think he's not watching a movie

Murray says it’s ‘disrespectful…almost a joke’ when people think he’s not watching a movie

In his final NBA season, 2020-21, Williamson averaged 27 points over 61 games.

Weight clauses are common in the NFL, where offensive linemen have been known to struggle with the problem. Shaquille O’Neal famously battled his own weight issues in the NBA, and he was rumored to tip the scales at around 400 pounds at some point late in his career.

Unique clauses in athlete contracts were a theme this week after it was revealed that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray had a homework requirement in his $230 million deal.

The former Heisman winner was asked to study film for a minimum of four hours a week, but the team has since eliminated the clause after outcry over its inclusion in the deal.

As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport revealed Monday, the former Heisman winner's new five-year deal of $230 million includes an

As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed Monday, the former Heisman winner’s new five-year deal of $230 million includes an “independent study addendum” that requires him to review four hours of game film per week during the season. Non-compliance would result in Murray being deemed ‘in default’ according to contract language

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