Timberwolves first-round pick Justin Patton out for Summer League after foot surgery

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced some unfortunate news on Tuesday afternoon, as it turns out that their first-round pick, Justin Patton, will miss Summer League in Las Vegas after undergoing surgery for a broken foot he suffered during a workout. Via Timberwolves.com:

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced rookie center Justin Patton underwent successful surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot. The surgery was performed in New York by Dr. Martin O'Malley of the Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with Timberwolves Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm of Mayo Clinic. 

Patton suffered the injury during a recent workout. He will not play in the upcoming NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas and will be sidelined indefinitely. The Wolves acquired the draft rights to Patton (selected 16th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft), along with Jimmy Butler, on June 22, 2017 from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen, the 7th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

As of right now, there is no exact timeframe for Patton's return, as the Wolves indicated he will be out "indefinitely."

This is the same injury that last year's No. 1 overall pick, Ben Simmons suffered before the season began. He of course missed the entire season, but that does not mean that Patton will do so as well. 

Hopefully Patton will be able to return to the court soon, as it figures to be an exciting season in Minnesota with their offseason acquisitions of Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, and Taj Gibson.

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Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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