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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Returns to Bubble After Brief Time Away

The New Orleans Pelicans rookie phenom has returned to the bubble.

Zion Williamson originally left the Orlando on July 16th to tend to a private family matter, but has since returned. Before he can rejoin the rest of his Pelicans teammates, Williamson will have to quarantine until he receives two consecutive negative tests.

“My family and I appreciate the love and respect that everyone showed us while we dealt with a private family matter,” Williamson said in a statement on Friday. “I’m excited to rejoin my team in Orlando and look forward to getting back on the court with my teammates after quarantine.”

Williamson was still undergoing testing while away from the bubble and all of his tests have been returning as negative. If cleared by the NBA after a mandatory four-day quarantine period, he will be able to play on Thursday when the Pelicans re-start their season against the Utah Jazz. That being said, the Pelicans will remain cautious with their prized talent, who already missed 43 games this season after tearing his meniscus. He also missed another game back in February with a sprained ankle.

Nevertheless, through just 19 games, Williamson was quick to show off his superstar potential. He averaged 23.6 points on 58.9% shooting from the field, while also grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game.

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