5 offseason moves the Chicago Bulls have to make

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Feb 7, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Injured Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (44) warms up before an NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Trade Patrick Williams for immediate help

Williams missed most of last season recovering from a broken wrist. He did manage to return late in the year to Chicago valuable minutes on the wing.

The fact that he averaged over 30 minutes per game against the Bucks in the playoffs shows how important he can be for Chicago. When healthy, he’s just the sort of versatile, physical wing that ties their starting five together in a coherent manner.

The problem is that Williams suffers from a real lack of availability. It’s time for the Bulls to sell high on their former lottery pick after his quality postseason performance. The lack of quality wings available in the NBA today might coax a team to drastically overpay for the former Florida State star.

One idea the Bulls should pursue is to see what packaging their first-round pick with Williams might be able to net them in a trade. It might be enough to get them an above-average starting wing if they can make the money work. It’s also possible that a combination of assets could permit the Bulls to move high enough in Round 1 to grab a potential difference-maker. The Bulls shouldn’t give Williams away but they should shop him actively to acquire immediate help.