(Buena Vista) Young star Zion Williamson will be released from his quarantine as the New Orleans Pelicans play the first official game of the NBA resumption at Walt Disney World.
The NBA said on Saturday that Williamson will have to serve a four-day quarantine after leaving the league-site bubble on July 16 to deal with an urgent family matter. He returned to the Disney site on Friday night and immediately went into quarantine.
That means he will likely be released from quarantine on Tuesday, two days before the Pelicans play the first "classification game" against the Utah Jazz.
It remains to be seen whether the Pelicans will allow him to return to the game quickly.
A person familiar with the situation said if everything went well with Williamson’s quarantine, he could resume team activities during training scheduled for Tuesday night. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, as plans for Williamson's return are not yet determined, and they cannot be until Williamson has spent more than testing now that he's returned to Disney.
“Most importantly, we hope everything goes well with him,” Pelicans forward Derrick Favors said on Saturday, shortly after the NBA revealed he was due to undergo a four-day quarantine. He left for personal reasons. So that's good to see. Either way, I hope everything went well and he's back with us. And I know everyone is happy to see him again and he is also happy to be back. "
Williamson was tested daily for COVID-19 during his absence and the results came back continuously negative, which allowed him to obtain a shorter stay in isolation upon his return to Disney. The NBA has said the quarantine for those leaving the bubble can last up to 10 days or more if those people are not tested daily while they are away.
The first pick in last year's NBA Draft is averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19 games this season for the Pelicans, who are one of six teams vying for last place in the season. playoffs in the West.