More Rumors in this Storyline
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.
Storyline Hype Rumor visits per day for the last week
Views per day
June 17, 2019 | 2:17 am EDT Update
Vlade Divac and his team have placed an emphasis on improving the center position, but according to a league source, while the team holds Nikola Vucevic in high regard, the team is not expected to chase the Orlando Magic big man in free agency, despite reports to the contrary.
“I think for us, there is nothing more that we can do. We’ve done it. The city has done it. This franchise had done it. The coaches have done it. My teammates have done it. We’ve done our job. The best way to recruit somebody is to just be yourself over the course of the year, and I would assume that he knows what is here and what makes this place special,” VanVleet said at the team’s first media availability since winning the NBA title. “If it’s enough than it’s enough. If it’s not then it’s not. … We would all love for him to be back and if he’s not then we will move on from there. It’s not the biggest deal in the world. He came here and did what he was supposed to do. So he brought this city a championship and I think he has earned his freedom and his career to do what he wants to do and we’ll all respect him and admire him.”
The Post reported Saturday that Draymond Green flew to New York over the weekend and was to meet with a recuperating Durant. A source said Green was visiting as “a friend’’ and not a business associate looking to convince him to return to Golden State.
Multiple Nets players and members of the staff tell NetsDaily they believe they’ll be playing with Irving this upcoming season … and not D’Angelo Russell. There’s belief within the organization that Kyrie is nearly a “done deal” and if that’s the case, Russell is unlikely to return.
If the stars don’t align for the Knicks, Mills could take his $74 million in cap space and try one-year deals with some of the better free agents. Or in a long-term deal pursue former Laker and Pelican Julius Randle, whom they like, or take a flier on former No. 2 pick Jabari Parker, who has been an injury-riddled bust.