Blazers’ Mills breaks foot, to miss NBA Summer League
Posted Jul 10 2009 7:11PM
Blazers second-round pick Patty Mills suffered a broken right foot in practice Thursday, knocking the point guard out of the NBA Summer League. The injury occurred at the teamís practice facility in Portland, as the Blazers were preparing their squad before heading to Las Vegas.
The Blazers said Friday that Mills fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He will have surgery on his foot on Monday, the team announced.
A timetable for the point guard's return has not been determined. The early feeling is the rookie should be ready for training camp in October.
"You never want to see a player get injured, but it is especially heart wrenching to see a young man go down on his first day of camp," Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard said. "We'll do everything we can to help Patty get back on track to realize his NBA future."
Thursday was the first day of practice and Mills was hurt in the second of two sessions. The Blazers arenít scheduled to arrive in Vegas until Sunday and their first game is Monday against Toronto.
Mills was chosen 55th overall in the Draft heavy with point guards. Sixteen playmakers were taken before Portland snagged the sophomore out of St. Maryís late in the second round. Mills, 20, starred on Australiaís Olympic team last summer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.