Pelicans’ Williamson signs endorsement deal with 2k

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has signed yet another endorsement deal. He signed an endorsement deal with Jordan Brand recently.

Now, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft has signed an endorsement deal with NBA 2k. He will make his video game debut when the new game, NBA 2k20, is released on Sept. 6.

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Zion Williamson accepts the Best College Athlete Award at the 2019 ESPY’s
Zion Williamson accepts the Best College Athlete Award at the 2019 ESPY’s (Getty Images)

Williamson has ranked up more than $100 million in deals since he was drafted. His NBA contract will be worth up to $45 million. He will receive $75 million in his deal with Jordan Brand.

The South Carolina native will also receive millions from this new endorsement deal, as well. Besides being featured as a player, he’ll also have to make appearances for the video game.

He received a three-year deal with 2K, according to a source, who told the Associated Press. Official terms of the agreement has not been released yet.

“When I put the CD in the console, I don’t have to create me as a player,” Williamson told the AP at a party in Las Vegas to commemorate the game’s release, moments after NBA players like Portland’s Hassan Whiteside tried the game for the first time. “I’m there as a player. That’s going to take some getting used to. This is not normal. I can’t even put it into words. I’m honored.”

The 19-year-old has yet to play in an NBA game. Yet, he’s receiving so much notoriety.

He is one of the league’s best young talent.

“Zion represents the best of the NBA’s up and coming talent and we are excited to welcome him to Team 2K. … We’re excited to grow with him,” NBA 2K Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Jason Argent said.

Williamson said he’s living a dream.

“You say things when you’re 5 years old like ‘Yeah, I’ll go to the NBA,’ but I’m really going to be playing against superstars this year,” Williamson said. “LeBron, Kevin Durant the year after, Anthony Davis. I’m going to be playing with great NBA players like Jrue Holiday, players that I played with in this video game. That’s my new normal. I’m looking at something I’ve dreamed about and now it’s my normal life.”

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