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Timberwolves rookie Justin Patton out indefinitely after successful surgery on foot injury

06 Julio 2017

The Timberwolves announced on Tuesday that Patton had surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his foot.

The surgery was performed in New York by Dr. Martin O'Malley, who performed similar operations on Kevin Durant in 2015 and Brook Lopez in 2014. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

Minnesota Timberwolves first-round draft pick Justin Patton of Creighton University will not play summer league ball after breaking his left foot during a workout.

The Wolves unloaded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the draft rights to No. 7 overall selection Lauri Markkanen for Butler and Patton - the No. 16 pick.

Patton starred in his lone season with the Creighton Bluejays, where he teamed up with Kobe Paras, as the freshman sensation averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 35 games. The 20-year-old ranked second nationally with a field goal percentage of 67.6 percent, the highest of any freshman from a major conference in NCAA history.

Minnesota has bolstered its frontcourt recently, drafting Patton and signing Taj Gibson in free agency.

Timberwolves rookie Justin Patton out indefinitely after successful surgery on foot injury