MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves first-round draft pick Justin Patton will not play in summer league — and potentially could miss some or all of the regular season — after breaking his left foot during a workout.
The Timberwolves announced on Tuesday that Patton had surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his foot commonly known as a Jones fracture. He will be sidelined indefinitely with the injury. This is the same injury that Ben Simmons of the Sixers suffered last summer, he did not play last season.
Patton was the 16th overall selection in the first round in last month’s draft. The Wolves acquired the pick from Chicago in a draft-night trade that also landed them three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler. Minnesota has high hopes for Patton, who declared for the draft after his redshirt freshman season at Creighton.
The 6-foot-11 Patton averaged 12.9 points on 67.6 percent shooting last season.
Patton signed his contract on Tuesday as well.
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