Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves announced center Justin Patton underwent successful surgery designed to encourage further healing of a prior metatarsal fracture. Patton originally underwent surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal on his left foot on July 4, 2017. Today’s procedure was performed in New York by Dr. Martin O’Malley of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Patton will be sidelined indefinitely and further updates to his progress will be issued when appropriate.
Patton, 6-11, played in one game for Minnesota this season, totaling two points and one steal in just under four minutes of action on April 1, 2018 vs. Utah. Patton appeared in 38 games for the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s G League affiliate, starting 28 of those and averaging 12.7 points on 47.5% shooting from the field. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23.1 minutes a game.
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.