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Jon Johnson: Injury updates: Zhaire Smith still doing individual work. Justin Patton has early February timeline. Still nothing on Markelle Fultz. Brown says he hopes to see him soon, but not in playing capacity.
Chris Mannix: Wolves with an injury update on Justin Patton
Shams Charania: Minnesota’s 2017 first-round draft pick Justin Patton has suffered another broken foot, this time in his right foot, league sources tell me and @ Jon Krawczynski.
Jon Krawczynski: Adding injury to insult for the Wolves, sources tell myself and @Shams Charania that Justin Patton broke his right foot in workouts this week. His left foot has needed two surgeries already. What a tough one.
Jon Krawczynski: Justin Patton is working out after surgery, but Thibs says he will miss all summer and likely most of the fall as well. Says prognosis is good, but it’s going to be a while.
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said doctors saw something in Justin Patton’s checkups to merit a second surgery intended to heal his foot better, said he’ll miss summer-league again. Thibs: “Whatever your circumstances are, you have to make the best of it. He’ll be able to lift and do things like that.”
Jon Krawczynski: Adding injury to insult: Wolves rookie Justin Patton had another surgery on his left foot
Jerry Zgoda: Justin Patton set to make season debut tonight for Iowa Wolves. Expect him to play between 16 to 20 minutes
Jerry Zgoda: Rookie Justin Patton has moved on to 3-and-3 contact work, Thibs says he’s “2 steps away” from playing but didn’t say how long that is. “When he’s ready, he’s ready.”
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said injured rookie Justin Patton is doing “a little bit more, but not much” Has been shooting but not cleared for running or practice
Q Where are you with your recovery? Justin Patton: I’m getting to the last stages of rehab, and then I’ll be able to get back on the court very soon. Right now I’m just staying the course and trying to win each day. … Actually, I feel like this is kind of a blessing. I’ve been able to get a lot stronger with my upper body, which a lot of people know I need. I’ve seen a lot of good changes. It’s going to be good to actually have some muscle this time around.
What exactly happened with the injury and how frustrating was it to get hurt right away? Justin Patton: Well I was working out, and I just slipped on some water. It happens, it’s basketball. But I’m getting over it now, and it will just be good to get out there and play soon.
Kyle Ratke: Tough break for #Twolves rookie Justin Patton. Suffered a broken bone in left foot during recent workout. Will not play in Summer League.
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March 24, 2019 | 11:05 am EDT Update
Adam Wexler: #Rockets recall Gary Clark from @RGVVipers. He was (+26) in their west clinching win last night. They’re top seed in West for playoffs which begin this week. Rockets at Pelicans, tonight at 6.
Murray State star Ja Morant will wait to make an announcement on whether he plans to enter the NBA draft after his team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament Saturday. “That time will come,” Morant said. “My focus is not on that right now. It’s just celebrating this — what a great season we had — with my teammates.” Morant is widely projected to be a top-three pick in this year’s draft, should he choose to forgo his final two years of college eligibility.
According to multiple sources, some high profile international candidates are being or have been considered. David Blatt, an American who coached the Russian national team as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, was first choice but may have pulled out due to back problems. Former Italian national team head coach and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is also being interviewed. A complicating factor? Financial challenges at Canada Basketball mean that the money being offered for the role is minimal or perhaps not even more than an honorarium covering expenses.
Meanwhile, a number of Canadian coaches are not impressed that Triano has been put in a situation where he has to effectively re-apply for his own job. “I know he was under the impression last summer that he was the head coach and hadn’t heard anything differently until recently,” said one source. “The way this has played out is disrespectful. He’s either your coach or he’s not.”
March 24, 2019 | 7:25 am EDT Update
Players, coaches and management all have insisted on how important center Robin Lopez has been to the rebuild, so much so that the Bulls didn’t want to buy him out the last month for the stretch run. With Lopez facing free agency this summer, and staring at a backup role with the Bulls if he does return, what are the chances that the mutual admiration brings him back? “Robin has been terrific for us,’’ Paxson said. “We’ll keep an open mind on that, absolutely.’’