According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Williamson is expected to miss the first few weeks of the season, but a severe injury has been ruled out.
Williamson is battling a right knee injury.
The Pelicans said Thursday that the No. 1 pick didn't travel with the team to NY, remaining in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation at Ochsner Sports Medicine.
He averaged 23.3 points per game, shooting 71.4 percent from the field, over four contests.
I'm sure it will not take long for us to get a better estimate of how much time Williamson will miss, but regardless it's a bummer.
Taking a look at the Pelicans regular-season schedule, the Toronto Raptors get the first crack at New Orleans on October 22 at home.
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Many have said that Williamson is the most intriguing National Basketball Association prospect we have seen since LeBron James entered the professional ranks back in 2003, and some have compared the Duke product to Barkley, who was an athletic freak himself during his younger days.
All three injuries have been involving Williamson's right knee.
Pelicans would be relieved of Williamson's knee pain after further testing, but knee issues became a recurring theme for the 19-year-old.
What Do the Pelicans Do Now?
Although the Pelicans have an extremely young squad, they were projected to be a solid team with the nucleus of Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. The statement said he did not travel with the team to NY and was staying in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation. Listed at 6-foot-6, Williamson is the second heaviest player behind Boban Marjanovic of the Dallas Mavericks.