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No official date for Zion Williamson return; Pelicans reportedly want one more practice

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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 11: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after a loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on January 11, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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It’s close. Very close.

Zion Williamson’s NBA debut could happen Thursday when his Pelicans take on the Jazz, but New Orleans tried to quiet those rumors on Monday night saying that nothing has been set yet. Via Will Guillory of The Athletic.

New Orleans is in Detroit on Monday night, then flies home and does not play again until Thursday. That certainly would leave time for a Wednesday practice and the possible Zion debut Thursday.

However, like any smartly run team, the Pelicans are not going to commit to a timeline.

If you want more footage of Zion looking close, here you go (this is from Saturday).

Zion reportedly did workout pregame in Detroit but did not dunk. Williamson has been out all season following surgery to repair his right lateral meniscus during training camp.