The NBA season kicks off in less than a week, and the New Orleans Pelicans will be missing one of their star players for the start of the year.
Griffin also said that there is currently no timetable for a potential Williamson return but will be re-evaluated in two to two and a half weeks.
Williamson’s foot injury was one acquired during the offseason, Griffin said on media day.
Williamson’s absence will be a big blow to the Pelicans, as his production will be difficult to replace. Last season, in just his second season in the NBA, Williamson averaged a monstrous 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on his way to being named an All-Star.
New Orleans will officially begin its season on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at home against the Philadelphia 76ers. Using Griffin’s window of two to two and a half weeks, the earliest Williamson could return is sometime in the next five to seven games, assuming his re-evaluation goes well and he’s cleared to play, but he’s likely to miss more time than that.