The team recently conducted medical imaging on Williamson, who hasn’t played since January 2. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported earlier today that Williamson is expected to be out for a while longer, and this statement from the Pelicans confirms he won’t be back until late March, at the soonest.
New Orleans coach Willie Green said the team remains optimistic that Williamson will be available before the regular season ends, tweets Andrew Lopez of ESPN. Green told reporters that the former No. 1 overall pick has been able to do some shooting work, but the team is being especially careful after his last setback.
Williamson has appeared in just 29 games this season, but he was dominant enough during that time to earn a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He’s averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, while shooting better than 60% from the field.
The Pelicans were among the top teams in the West before Williamson’s injury, but they’ve been in a prolonged slump since losing him and are now in danger of missing the play-in tournament. New Orleans is currently in a three-way tie for the 10th seed at 31-34.