Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson told the media on Monday he may be shut down for the remainder of the season. In a strange turn of events, he was shortly thereafter listed as probable for Tuesday's game against Charlotte, according to Brian Lewis of the NY Post.
Hollis-Jefferson, 21, has missed 50 games this season after suffering a fractured posterior talus in his right ankle on Dec. 5.
The Nets rookie is preparing himself for either decision that will come down from the Brooklyn front office.
"You never know. It could happen," Hollis-Jefferson said of possibly being shut down. "If it does, you've just got to mentally prepare for your next step, your next challenge, getting ready [for the] offseason or whatever the case may be. … You can't be naive to anything. It might happen, it might not, but you've still got to be prepared for the worst."
Interim head coach Tony Brown said he has no input as to when Hollis-Jefferson will be allowed to return to action, but that he has been impressed by the work he has put in during his rehab process.
"He's been out a while. You just want to make sure your conditioning is up. Obviously he has to be aware of what we're doing now, so he's getting extra reps," Brown said. "But he's doing what's necessary to get himself ready for when that opportunity comes."
Hollis-Jefferson, the No. 23 overall draft pick, has averaged 5.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in his rookie season.