Earlier this week, there were reports about Julius Randle and the potential that he would need surgery on his right foot after the NBA Draft. Randle fractured his foot as a senior in high school two years ago, and has a screw in place that eventually needs to be removed. It is expected that any surgery would keep him out for six to eight weeks but he would be ready for training camp.
Around this time of year, just a few weeks before the draft, any injury concerns will surely put a dent into a prospect’s draft stock. Randle is expected to go in the top 10 of this year’s draft, and yesterday, he refuted the reports about the need to have surgery, “My foot is fine. Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I’m pain-free. No pain before, during or after. I’m fine. Surgery has never been considered. I’ve met with my own doctor and talked to specialists, some of the best doctors in the world, and they said they wouldn’t do anything with it.”
He went onto to say that if the team he goes to asks for him to have the procedure to remove the screw, he will comply but noted it would be a short-term injury without any implications in the long run. Still, several team reps believe his broken foot has not healed properly. Randle worked out with the Celtics on Friday. Boston has the sixth overall pick in the draft, along with Utah — who holds the number five pick — they are two teams who could consider taking Randle with their lottery pick.
The other factor to consider in all this injury news, is whether certain teams are trying to drive down the draft stock of Randle, as a ploy to get him to fall in the draft so he’s still available in their draft slot. This is certainly a story that will continue to get a lot of attention leading up to draft night.
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