CHICAGO – One of the things which the Bulls and fans were eager to see is how their first round pick from 2020 would progress during his second season in the NBA.
But it appears the chance to do so will be very limited, and it might not be for a while until they’ll get the opportunity to see Patrick Williams play this season again.
On Friday, the Bulls announced the forward would undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist that he suffered during a fall against the Knicks on Thursday and will miss 4-to-6 months.
Per a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the forward is expected to miss the rest of the regular season but could return for the playoffs.
Williams was injured early in the third quarter after he landed on his wrist going for a dunk after being fouled by Mitchell Robinson. He immediately left the floor as he was attended to by athletic trainers.
This is the second major injury for Williams this year as he dealt with a severe ankle sprain for most of the preseason. He was able to return for the final preseason game and then played in the Bulls’ first four games of the season and saw 16 minutes of action against the Knicks on Thursday before the injury.
Williams was averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 25 minutes of action before suffering the latest major setback of his 2021-2022 season that looks to be significantly shortened.