Patton underwent surgery on his left foot in New York on Wednesday and has been ruled out indefinitely, Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Patton, the 16th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was never expected to contribute much for the Timberwolves as a rookie, especially after his start to the season was delayed while he recovered from the broken metatarsal in his left foot he suffered over the summer. The injury ultimately prevented Patton from playing in games until December, and it wasn't until April that he was promoted from the G League's Iowa Wolves to make his NBA debut. Patton said in February that he felt 100 percent healthy, but it appears the foot issue recently resurfaced in practice, amounting to another devastating setback to the big man's development. Considering Patton needed about five months to heal from his previous surgery, he's likely looking at a similar timetable this time around, putting his availability for training camp at risk.