Timberwolves rookie center Justin Patton’s NBA career has been delayed before it ever really started. The team announced Tuesday that he recently underwent foot surgery and is out indefinitely with training camp less than three months away.
Surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal on his left foot was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City after he was injured in what the team called a workout.
He will not play for the Wolves’ Las Vegas Summer League team, which began practices Tuesday in the Twin Cities and plays its first game in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The Wolves selected Patton 16th overall in last month’s draft, a pick they received from Chicago in the blockbuster trade that brought three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler from Chicago and sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the draft’s seventh pick to the Bulls.
Patton, 20, is a 6-11 redshirt freshman from Creighton who was named Big East Freshman of the Year last season. He was signed to his rookie contract the same day the Wolves announced he had surgery.