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Julius Randle's foot has some NBA teams concerned.
According to several team executives, the 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward's broken right foot hasn't healed correctly -- and sources confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report that Randle may need surgery after the June 26 NBA draft that will keep him out of summer league.
"This is an issue," one executive told ESPN.com. "It didn't heal right."
Randle refuted the report, writing on Twitter: "I never do this but it was brought to me and it's crazy how people put stories out there and have no clue what they are talking about. No disrespect but check with the actual source next time before you put something like that out there."
Randle's mom, Carolyn Kyles, called the report "a lie," according to The Courier-Journal.
"Everything with Julius is fine," Kyles told The Courier-Journal. "There is no surgery scheduled whatsoever. Nothing. They don't have a clue. They haven't spoken to us. They haven't spoken to Julius' doctor. I know for a fact, because he is my son, there is no surgery scheduled, period, now or after."
Randle suffered the broken right foot in the second game of his senior season at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Texas, and a screw was inserted into the foot. Multiple sources told ESPN that there are questions about whether it could become a factor down the road.
Randle, who averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds while playing all 40 games for Kentucky as a freshman, is considered a lock lottery pick. However, the injury could affect his draft stock.
Randle will work out for the Boston Celtics on Friday.
According to several team executives, Julius Randle's broken right foot hasn't healed correctly -- and sources confirmed the Yahoo! Sports report that Randle may need surgery following the June 26 NBA draft.