Zion Williamson, Ja Morant expected to get quick max-deal agreements this offseason:

“Expect Zion Williamson along with Ja Morant, who is the No. 2 pick in his draft those are going to be quick, max deal agreements out of the gate, ”Woj said during ESPN’s broadcast of the NBA Finals (h / t Lee Tran of Fadeaway World).
Source: Paolo Songco @ Clutch Points:

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kurt Helin: @basketballtalk:
Zion Williams reiterates about New Orleans “I do want to be here. That’s no secret ”nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/11/zio… – 6:42 PM:

Christian Clark: @cclark_13:
With New Orleans in the midst of a particularly violent year, Lee Anderson, Zion Williamson’s stepfather, spoke out against violence in “our city.”
“Why am I going to say our city? Because we live here now. ” nola.com/sports/pelican… – 4:48 PM:

Dan Favale: @danfavale:
recorded a mailbag over @HardwoodKnocks, which means you should listen:
🔘 zion (3:30)
🔘 draymond (6:17)
🔘 jazz (11:00)
🔘 lavine (18:46)
🔘 kings / blazers (21:34)
Icks knicks / pistons (39:31)
🎧 https://t.co/b10UMoOIC1:
Ps https://t.co/AuuOxLF1xT:
✳️ https://t.co/gtTeL81aEN:
more⬇️: pic.twitter.com/OCR9YRwlYT:3:46 PM:

Jake Madison: @NOLAJake:
Locked On Pelicans is live!
Han Sochan and Sharpe coming in for pre-draft workouts:
🏀 Any trades with the 8th pick?
🏀 Zion Williamson extension negotiations:
Ps https://t.co/BETlDzBFEv:
Watch on YouTube!
Ps https://t.co/4DBES9YyFq: pic.twitter.com/UknvJq4cHv:3:30 PM:

Jake Madison: @NOLAJake:
Locked On Pelicans is live!
Han Sochan and Sharpe coming in for pre-draft workouts:
🏀 Any trades with the 8th pick?
🏀 Zion Williamson extension negotiations:
Ps https://t.co/BETlDzBFEv:
Watch on YouTube!
Ps https://t.co/4DBES9YyFq: pic.twitter.com/p0z7DgU9nB:12:59 PM:

BasketNews: @BasketNews_com:
Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo had the most double-doubles in the 2022 NBA Playoffs 🔥
🇸🇮 Luka Doncic 🔟:
🇬🇷 Giannis Antetokounmpo 9⃣:
🇨🇲 Joel Embiid 8⃣:
🇺🇸 Bam Adebayo 6⃣:
🇺🇸 Ja Morant 6⃣ – 12:53 PM:

Jake Madison: @NOLAJake:
Locked On Pelicans is live!
Han Sochan and Sharpe coming in for pre-draft workouts:
🏀 Any trades with the 8th pick?
🏀 Zion Williamson extension negotiations:
Ps https://t.co/BETlDzBFEv:
Watch on YouTube!
Ps https://t.co/4DBES9YyFq: pic.twitter.com/0Rl9R1PPBe:11:30 AM:

Will Guillory: @WillGuillory:
New Pelicans mailbag!
– How should the Pelicans structure Zion Williamson’s extension?
– How much ‘Point Zion’ will we see next season?
– A Convo I had with Willie Green last year that may indicate how Zion will be used:
theathletic.com/3358941/2022/0… – 11:02 AM:

Jake Madison: @NOLAJake:
Locked On Pelicans is live!
Han Sochan and Sharpe coming in for pre-draft workouts:
🏀 Any trades with the 8th pick?
🏀 Zion Williamson extension negotiations:
Ps https://t.co/BETlDzTh35:
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBESaga40: pic.twitter.com/flghoyBKkJ:9:35 AM:

Jake Madison: @NOLAJake:
LIVE recording Locked On Pelicans right now! Come hangout and talk Zion, NBA Draft, and more!
youtube.com/watch?v=FNBf1S… – 7:02 PM:

Kurt Helin: @basketballtalk:
Pelicans GM Griffin on Zion Williamson: “This is a max player. That’s easy. ” nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/09/pel… – 6:35 PM:

Jake Madison: @NOLAJake:
Locked On Pelicans LIVE show tonight at 6 pm central!
Zion Williamson updates and I’ll answer your questions on the NBA Draft and Free Agency. Be sure to join in!
https://t.co/QUvo6YZ497: pic.twitter.com/SayqwAu9Sv:1:17 PM:

More on this storyline:

“I think what happens is you want to trade draft capital if you get the right deals and if you feel like you’re close enough to winning,” Danny Ainge, who was Boston’s president of basketball operations from 2003-21, told Sports Illustrated recently. “None of us know what would have happened in different circumstances.” -via New York Times / June 12, 2022:

James Boyd: #Pacers now hosting projected lottery pick and #Duke standout AJ Griffin tomorrow for an individual #NBADraft workout. #Badgers star Johnny Davis will now do his individual workout on Tuesday due to a scheduling issue. 📸 me pic.twitter.com/1xqq7timFr -via: Twitter @RomeovilleKid: / June 12, 2022:

OKC’s interest in Sharpe is mutual. According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, the Thunder “have studied him more closely than any team in the NBA” and his camp has them at the top of the wishlist for Sharpe’s potential destinations. Sharpe’s camp also does not sound overly concerned with where he’s picked, preferring to take a long-term view in steering him to an advantageous development situation in which he can maximize his significant potential and become an All-Star, with the Thunder being at the top of their list. -via Clutch Points / June 12, 2022:

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