Patton (foot) underwent successful surgery on Tuesday. Prior to the surgery, the Timberwolves declared Patton out indefinitely. After the surgery, that hasn't changed. Considering he played just one NBA game as a rookie after breaking his other foot around this same time last year, a similar situation could be in store this time around.
Patton is considered out indefinitely after suffering a broken right foot. The injury was reported over the weekend and this confirms that Patton will likely be looking at an extended absence. He's expected to undergo surgery in the near future and a more concrete timetable for his return could potentially be released following it. Either way, it's an extremely tough blow for the second-year big man who missed all but one game as a rookie with a broken left foot.
Patton (foot) suffered a broken right foot and will undergo surgery early next week, Jace Frederick of the Pioneer Press reports. Patton was the 16th overall pick for the Timberwolves last year. However, he played just four minutes of NBA basketball after suffering a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot, and he wasn't healthy until February. He experienced a setback after the season, requiring a second surgery on the same foot in mid-April. Now, while working back from that surgery, he's suffered a break in his other foot. Considering he'll need surgery again, he could be sidelined until the calendar turns to 2019.
Patton (foot) has yet to receive clearance for full-contact 5-on-5 scrimmages, Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News Saint Paul reports. Patton will likely be withheld from on-court workouts throughout training camp after requiring a second surgery on his left foot during the spring. The 2017 first-round pick played just one game with the NBA team as a rookie and could struggle to carve out a consistent bench role for the Timberwolves in 2018-19 with the expectation that he'll miss out on critical development time this fall.
Patton (foot), according to coach Tom Thibodeau, will be out all summer while recovering from foot surgery and is likely to miss "most of the fall", Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic Minnesota reports. As expected, Patton may not be healthy for training camp after undergoing surgery on his left foot -- the same foot he broke during a workout in early July of his rookie year. That surgery and the recovery that came with it forced him to spend the majority of the season in the G-League, and he only ended up appearing in one game at the NBA level, playing four minutes. Now, his development will be delayed once more. At the moment, it's tough to gauge if he'll play meaningful minutes for the Wolves next season, especially with Taj Gibson and Gorgui Dieng still in the fold to see reserve run behind starter Karl-Anthony Towns (35.6 minutes per game).
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