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    The Wolves announced that 2017 first round pick Justin Patton underwent a successful surgery on his foot that he broke last summer.

    This is the second surgery Patton has now had on his left foot since being drafted less than a year ago. He broke his foot in early July and missed six months, returning to the court on December 8 with the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s G-League affiliate. He appeared in 38 games for Iowa, and was recalled a number of times by Minnesota to sit with the main team.

    He made his NBA debut on April 1, nearly 10 months after the initial break, playing four minutes.

    Patton was allegedly practicing without pain but doctors noticed something with the screw in place, so they recommended a second operation to help the healing process.

    Foot surgeries are typically a harrowing sign for any NBA player, and especially big men. It’s tough to gauge Patton’s issue, though. The Wolves are typically as vague as possible with regards to player injuries, and Patton’s case is no different.

    It’s known that Patton has a fracture in his fifth metatarsal (his pinky toe) in his left foot, which is connected to the infamous ‘Jones fracture,’ but it’s unknown where specifically that fracture occurred.

    For what it’s worth, Jones fracture patients typically see full recovery and face no ill-affects if the bone fully heals. Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and C.J. McCollum have all suffered this fracture and play at a high level to this day.

    The major problems in the past, in relation to the Jones fracture, have been related to recurring injuries in the healing process.

    The fact that Patton has had a follow up procedure is not encouraging, but it’s not the end of the world… yet. Given the secrecy of the injury we can’t make certain conclusions, and Patton was without pain in his foot which is a good sign.

    The Wolves need every young, controllable player going forward to contribute with the cap situation tightening up. It’s a situation to monitor going forward, but Patton’s career is certainly not off to a good start. He will sit out of all on-court summer activities.

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