);
New Orleans Pelicans

Report: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans hopeful for a January season debut

It appears as though Zion Williamson is getting closer and closer to making his return.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the No. 1 overall pick is expected to practice with the New Orleans Pelicans in the new year, setting the stage for him to possibly make his NBA debut at some point in January.

"Williamson is expected to return to his first practice shortly after the new year on Wednesday," Charania reports. "I'm told both sides are hopeful of a January season debut for Williamson."

The Pelicans announced on Oct. 21 that Williamson underwent arthroscopic surgery to address a torn right lateral meniscus. The original timetable for his return was estimated to be six-to-eight weeks.

There is still no official date for his return.

"The Pelicans have been cautious with Williamson this entire time, ever since he suffered the torn meniscus in his knee in October and underwent surgery that sidelined him indefinitely," Charania continued.

Prior to his injury, Williamson appeared in four preseason games with the Pelicans. In 27.2 minutes per contest, he averaged 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals, putting his superstar potential on full display.

MORE: What we learned from Zion's preseason

The Pelicans have struggled without Williamson so far this season. At 11-23, they have the second-worst record in the Western Conference entering the new year. New Orleans has been better lately, though, having won four straight games.

More from NBA.com

belinelli-brown-isaac-korver-tolliver
NBA players discuss social justice with Pope Francis
Official Release
alex-len-112320-ftr-getty
Report: Raptors to sign Alex Len
Scott Rafferty
harrell-davis-ftr.jpg
Tracking player movement in free agency
NBA.com Staff
deandre-bembry-nbae-gettyimages
Fast facts on DeAndre' Bembry
Gilbert McGregor
baynes-112320-ftr-getty.jpg
What Baynes brings to the Raptors
Scott Rafferty
tampa-raptors-ftr.jpeg
Raptors have high standard to uphold in Tampa
Kyle Irving
More News