Julius Randle took to Twitter on Thursday to address a report stating he’ll likely require surgery on his right foot that would keep him out of summer league.
The report, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski (who else?), states that Randle would likely miss six to eight weeks, allowing him to be cleared prior to training camp.
Randle broke his foot early in his senior season of high school at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Tex. A screw was inserted into the foot, and Randle missed three months. While Randle did not experience pain or discomfort while leading Kentucky to the National Championship game more than a year later, teams are reportedly concerned about how well the foot has healed.
Calling out Woj is a bold move by Randle, but it appears the esteemed Yahoo! Sports writer has a point. After seeing Randle’s tweets, Wojnarowski posted two tweets backing up his claims.
So, right now it’s Randle’s world against Woj’s. But even if Randle insists the foot feels fine, it’s very possible teams could essentially force him to undergo surgery if their concerns are medically validated.
According to Wojnarowski, the situation should not impact Randle’s stock, and he remains a mid-lottery prospect. The third-team All-American averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game en route to SEC Rookie of the Year honors.
Per the Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes, Randle is working out for the Celtics, holders of the sixth overall pick, on Thursday:
Assuming the Bucks don’t trade out of the second pick (they won’t), this news doesn’t really affect their draft plans. The general consensus is that Milwaukee has narrowed its options down to Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum and Andrew Wiggins, who are widely considered the cream of the 2014 crop.