Williamson posted a photo on Instagram showing himself putting on a suit with an autographed Drew Brees jersey in the background. New Orleans Times-Picayune beat writer Andrew Lopez on Saturday relayed the message that Brees gave to Williamson.
“To Zion – Passing the torch to you! Who dat!”
It’s a cool message from a legend who helped lift the city after Hurricane Katrina to a young star who is expected to start a winning tradition in the NBA.
Williamson had previously been hyped by Saints coach Sean Payton, who posted a photo on Twitter showing the former Duke star in the black and gold.
Williamson joins a Pelicans team who reportedly agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for a bevy of young talent, including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and a few first-round picks.