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Bulls F Patrick Williams to undergo left wrist surgery

October 29, 2021 GMT
Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) scores a basket past Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (44) during second-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) scores a basket past Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (44) during second-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) scores a basket past Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (44) during second-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams will be sidelined for four to six months after he hurt his left wrist Thursday night in a 104-103 home loss to the New York Knicks.

The 20-year-old Williams needs surgery to repair torn ligaments, the team announced Friday.

Williams was selected by Chicago with the No. 4 overall pick in last year’s draft. He averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 71 games during his rookie season.

The Bulls are off to a 4-1 start this year, but injuries are starting to become an issue. Coby White, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 draft, remains sidelined following offseason shoulder surgery. Zach LaVine scored 25 points against the Knicks despite playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Williams also sprained his left ankle during an optional individual workout in September, but he returned in time to play in Chicago’s season-opening victory at Detroit. He averaged 6.6 points in the team’s first five games.

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