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Report: Expected Top 10 pick Julius Randle likely needs foot surgery, out until training camp

Jun 12, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

Julius Randle AP

Despite a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament (which doesn’t matter too much to scouts, they’ve seen the guy a lot before) Kentucky’s Julius Randle has seen guys jump him on draft boards — PBT’s mock draft has him going No. 7 to the Lakers, DraftExpress has the same.

That would be a good pickup for a Lakers team trying to add scoring talent — Randle can come in and do that right away at the NBA level, it’s the other end of the floor that is the concern — but whoever drafts him may not get much out of him until training camp.

That is because Randle likely needs foot surgery, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The procedure is expected to keep Randle out six to eight weeks this summer, sources said, but there’s a strong expectation within front offices that he’ll be cleared for the start of training camp in the fall….

As a high school senior in Texas two years ago, Randle missed three months with a fractured right foot. There was a screw placed into his foot that needs to be removed as a precautionary procedure, sources said. Randle hasn’t experienced pain in the foot, nor did he miss any games because of it in an All-America freshman season at Kentucky.

That doesn’t sound serious, other than the whole “big man who needs foot surgery” thing is less than ideal.

If he gets it done, he would miss NBA Summer League.

Randle is a 6’9”, 248 pound power forward who put up 17.9 points and grabbed 12.2 rebounds a game for Kentucky, shooting 50 percent overall from the floor. He is a beast when he gets close to the rim — did you see him in the NCAA Tournament — and he comes in with a body to play a more traditional power forward role in the NBA from Day 1

PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacson of NBADraftblog.com and Rotoworld put it this way:

“He has tremendous scoring ability within 8-10 feet. Should make a quick impact as a rebounder/post scorer for whoever takes him, but still needs to add more to his game long-term (defense, shooting).”

He’s going to be a quality pickup for some team and should be ready to go when it really matters. Just not in Las Vegas in July.

  1. felser - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    would love to see him fall to #10 for Philly.

    • sumkat - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Doubt he falls to 10 (it’s possible, but very unlikely). But I wouldn’t be surprised to see them, if they stay at #3, trying to trade into the 7 or 8 spot to grab him

  2. mungman69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Even if the college players fall the Sixers’ way they have a very long time till they can contend. They will need those 5 second round picks because their roster last season included 9 players at one time or another who were free agents.

    • sumkat - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      If I can decipher what you are trying to say, you think their 5 seconds should all make the roster? If so, you are out of your mind.

      It’s going to be a 2-3 year rebuild, that is a given. But if you think the difference is going to be if those 5 seconds make the team (they will not make 5 second round picks, take that to the bank), all I can say is, I’m glad you are on here posting ridiculous scenarios, and not running the sixers

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Why didn’t he get this thing taken care of as soon as the tournament was over!? Why’d he wait so long to do this?

    • sumkat - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      I’m just guessing, but the quote says it was a precautionary measure. My guess would be, there was no sure thing that this screw would have to be removed. I know I have a screw in my ankle that has been there for a decade (and I have no limitations on athletics).

      But at the same time, they did explain to me that it was possible, if the bone grew around it, or if something happened to knock it out of place, it would need to be removed

    • 5xchamp24 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Great way to get out of the summer league

  4. mungman69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Hey Sumkat; I also doubt that the Sixers will use all of their second round draft picks but if I were getting picked in the second round I would think that the best chance of making a roster would be with the Sixers. Did you check the “talent” that the Sixers had on the bench? The Sixers have such a long way to go.

    • tcclark - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      They’re not that far off. In 14 days the Sixers could feature a roster with Michael Carter-Williams, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Nerlens Noel. Not to mention 30+ million in cap space. They could trade Thad Young for another first round pick (or use him to move up to grab wiggins or randle), they could package the 2nd rounders and move back into the first round and grab a guard like PJ Hairston. They could also gain picks by taking on other teams bad contracts. The Sixers could have more young talent on their roster in 2 weeks than most teams have seen in years.

      Durant won 50 games in the western conference in his 3rd year. With how bad the East is, the Sixers could potentially (but hopefully not likely) be a playoff team next year. In 2 years, if the talent develops 50 games is not out of the question. The least talented player out of the 4 mentioned above, just won Rookie of the Year. The Sixers could be really good in a few years…. like scary good.

  5. mungman69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    I hope that you are right.

  6. mungman69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Thad Young and #10 and #39 to Utah for #5.

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