THE Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) that rookie Justin Patton will not play in Summer League after the Creighton standout had a successful surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot.
Patton has been declared out indefinitely following the surgery performed in New York by Dr. Martin O’Malley—the same doctor who performed a similar procedure on Kevin Durant in 2015 and Brook Lopez in 2014—on the foot injury he suffered in a recent workout.
Wolves announce rookie Justin Patton had surgery for broken bone in foot sustained recently pic.twitter.com/LRn28Ooj99— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) July 4, 2017
The 20-year-old Patton was selected by the Chicago Bulls as the 16th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but was sent to the Timberwolves as part of the trade for Jimmy Butler.
The Timberwolves received Butler and Patton and sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and no.7 pick Lauri Markkanen to the Bulls in the trade.
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.