The Bulls have been linked to so many different players in mock drafts for their No. 4 pick in Wednesday’s NBA Draft that it’s hard to keep track.
But this is indisputable: The buzz surrounding the Bulls becoming increasingly focused on Patrick Williams is intensifying by the day.
One league source even went so far as to say he’s under the impression that the Bulls have told the Florida State forward they plan to draft him should they not trade up from No. 4.
While multiple theories exist for all teams at this time of year, several league sources told NBC Sports Chicago they have heard of the Bulls’ growing intrigue in the 6-foot-8 Charlotte native. Indeed, his draft stock is rising as much as any prospect on the board.
Williams, who turned 19 in August, averaged 9.2 points, four rebounds and one assist in his lone collegiate season, earning ACC Sixth Man of the Year honors. His combination of athleticism and versatility projects to help fill one need of wing depth for a roster lacking in two-way players.
The Bulls also have been linked to a number point guards, another position of need. Though the Bulls have Coby White, Tomáš Satoranský and Ryan Arcidiacono under contract, only Arcidiacono, a back-end reserve, is a true point guard.
The Bulls used one of their in-person visits and workouts for Alabama point guard Kira Lewis Jr., another lottery pick whose stock is rising. Several mock drafts list the Bulls taking Iowa State point guard Tyrese Haliburton.
But the biggest current Bulls’ buzz as Wednesday’s draft nears surrounds Williams. Stay tuned.