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Another summer, another unfortunate injury for Justin Patton.
The Minnesota Timberwolves center suffered a break in his right foot this week, according to a report by Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Patton played most of last season with Minnesota’s G League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves, as he attempted to work his way back from breaking the fifth metatarsal in his left foot last summer.
Shams Charania of Stadium reports surgery is around the corner for Patton.
Justin Patton will undergo surgery on fractured right foot early this week, league sources said. https://t.co/HFjl27kFoM
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 15, 2018
He was acquired from Chicago along with All-Star guard Jimmy Butler on draft night after the Bulls selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Creighton, where he was named Big East freshman of the year
The 6-foot-11, 229-pound Patton underwent a second surgery on that foot in April that was designed to “encourage further healing of a prior metatarsal fracture.”
The 21-year-old played in only one game for the Timberwolves last season, logging four minutes and scoring a bucket in a blowout loss to Utah on April 1. In 38 games with G League Iowa, Patton averaged 12.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, shooting 47.5 percent from the field..