Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson does not have a set timeframe for his return from an ankle injury, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis.
"I'm not sure when [his return's] going to be, but he's putting in the work and he's obviously trying to get himself in better conditioning so that we can put him out there on the floor," interim coach Tony Brown told Lewis. "But he's doing all the necessary work. Even though he hasn't played in the games, he's doing all the work to get himself ready.
Jefferson suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right ankle in practice in early December. He averaged 5.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 22.1 minutes per game in 19 games (14 starts) as a rookie. He was originally expected to miss 8-10 weeks.
Aside from Hollis-Jefferson, several other Nets are banged up, according to Lewis. Wayne Ellington is probable for Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers with an upper respiratory injury, Chris McCullough is questionable with a virus and Willie Reed is out with a sore left knee.
There is just no reason to rush Hollis-Jefferson back at this point. He's a big part of where this team wants to go, and if his ankle is still giving him problems, let him fully recover. All the years we saw Deron Williams struggle to get his legs under him because of ankle problems should teach us that there's nothing worse for a basketball player than an injury that lingers in that area. In order for Hollis-Jefferson to do what he does best, he needs to be able to move laterally with ease, and keep up with the tough defensive assignments he draws.
Trading for Hollis-Jefferson was a long-game, and that's what Sean Marks is building toward now. While I'd love to see him on the floor before the year it over, sometimes taking the extra month off in the short-term is the best thing for the future.