Zion Williamson has not played a game this season for the New Orleans Pelicans following surgery this past offseason to repair his right foot. Reports came out last week that he may need another surgery on that foot, which would likely ruin his chances of playing this year.

NBA insider Shams Charania said on Wednesday on The Pat McAfee Show that he hasn’t gotten any indication that Williamson is going to play this year.

While that is obviously a huge concern for the Pelicans, there may be more concerning issues that the team has to worry about. The Pelicans made a huge move at the NBA trade deadline to get star guard CJ McCollum from the Portland Trail Blazers. McCollum recently shared during the NBA All-Star weekend festivities that he had not spoken to Williamson following the trade.

Williamson is currently away from the team recovering from his injury in Portland. Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd spoke about the Pelicans star Wednesday on his show, where he has a bold prediction on the future for the star forward.

“We always talk about in the NBA teams tank,” said Cowherd. “I think what Zion is doing is he is tanking.”

“He is putting on weight, rehabbing in Portland. He is totally detached from the team. That isn’t who he is, he was a joyful young kid at Duke.

“I think Zion is being really shrewd here. He does not want to be there. This is ending, and it’s ending soon.”

While this is just pure speculation from Cowherd, it does seem like things keep adding up to mean that Williamson is distancing himself from the Pelicans. As for what it all ultimately leads to, we’ll have to wait and see.

[The Herd with Colin Cowherd]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.