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Another Bulls starter set to undergo season-ending surgery

A Chicago Bulls logo on a pair of shorts

Dec 6, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; A view of the Chicago Bulls logo on a pair of game shorts at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls are getting Zach LaVine’d once again.

The Bulls announced on Friday that forward Patrick Williams recently underwent imaging that revealed the progression of a stress reaction in his left foot. Williams is now set to undergo surgery that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Williams, Chicago’s No. 4 overall pick in 2020, has been out since Jan. 25 with what had initially been diagnosed as a bone edema in the left foot.

At 22 years old, Williams had been a primary starter for the Bulls when healthy this season and was averaging 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The 3-and-D upside is there for Williams. But with Chicago not really focusing on their young talent (even though they probably should be at this point), Williams’ development has stalled out a bit in his fourth NBA season.

Williams now joins a lengthy list of long-term absences for the Bulls. The aforementioned LaVine had his own season-ending procedure earlier this month, and fellow guard Lonzo Ball still has not played in over two calendar years now (though some signs of progress are there).

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