The impressive New Orleans Pelicans rookie guard Jose Alvarado dropped a prophecy when he visited the NBA Playoff Central Live set.
Alvardo believes that if Zion Williamson returns to the Pelicans next season, the team will move from contenders to catapult to a championship team.
“If we get it back. When we get it back, we won’t just be a team that will play in the playoffs. We’ll be a team that will compete in the championship. I really think so,” Alvarado said.
He spoke positively about the young players and how Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valančiūnas are playing at a “high level”.
“We have some guys who are ready to start winning a few more games,” Alvarado said in comments.
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On March 28, New Orleans announced that Jose Alvarado’s two-way contract had been extended to a four-year, $ 6.5 million contract. Pelicans fan favorite guard receives $ 3.4 million guaranteed over the next two years, including $ 1.5 million in addition to the $ 800,000 he earned in 2021-22.
Alvarado, 23, signed a two-way deal with New Orleans after not being selected in last year’s draft after four seasons at Georgia Tech. The 6-foot guard was a key player in the Pelicans’ success in the regular season and during their playoff career. He gave Chris Paul a 17-year veteran in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.
This weekend, Alvarado tweeted, “Someday I’ll win DPOY, mark my word!”
A high goal, but achievable if he is able to increase his minutes of play in New Orleans. He only recorded 15.4 minutes per contest in his rookie campaign.
The Brooklyn native averaged 8 PPGs, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals during the playoffs in 19.5 minutes per game coming in on Sunday. It has also shot 48.5% from the ground and 37.5% from three points.
The New Orleans reception is thinking of a deal with Zion Williamson, who missed the regular season and the 2021-22 playoffs. When reporters asked Williamson about the possibility of offering a $ 181 million extension to his rookie contract, “of course I couldn’t sign him fast enough,” he replied eagerly.
Other questions remain for New Orleans before the NBA Draft and after the playoffs. David Griffin, Swin Cash and Trajan Langdon did not offer many clues as to how they will handle the Zion deal, new contracts, draft and other staff moves. At the moment, everything is in a hold pattern. However, if it were for Jose Alvarado, the return of Zion would elevate the Pelicans as competitors in the championship.
We will see.