The guy hasn’t even been there a week and the New Orleans Pelicans are already doing everything they can to make sure Zion leaves in four years.
I don’t want to get all fiscal on everyone, mainly because I really have no idea how to do that, but all you need to know is that the Pelicans have put themselves into position to profit off Zion in every possible way. He’s going to have to get a bit more creative than he probably expected to maximize everything he can of himself. The Pelicans got their paperwork in just before Zion did, meaning they get first dibs. Yes, as stupid as the Pelicans appear, they’re actually very good at paper work.
I’m not sure if this kind of stuff happens all the time, but if it does, I’ve never heard about it. You’d like to think that the Pelicans informed Zion that they were going to do this, but nothing is suggesting that they did that. I’ve never run an NBA franchise, but I’m pretty sure messing with the money of the most popular, hyped, and highest rated prospect since LeBron, is something I would make sure I wouldn’t do. All that in addition to losing one of the best players in the league due to you not being able to make him happy.
If you’re Zion, you know that you’re going to have more money than God when your career is over, and even when it is over, you’ll still be getting fat checks. But, this is not how you wanted to be dealt with after being drafted. So, I would think that Zion will just keep this little situation in his back pocket. If things don’t go so well in the next few years with New Orleans, he can just pull this out and say, “Remember that time you trademarked everything with my name on it when I just got here?”
By the way – I swear I’m not trying to be the “Zion guy”, but this has been my third blog in a week on him. I might just end up being the “Zion guy” after all.