Brooklyn Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson underwent successful surgery on his right ankle on Wednesday. The Nets expect him to be out for 8-10 weeks.
Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will undergo surgery on his ankle and will be out indefinitely, the team announced.
Hollis-Jefferson has a non-displaced fracture of the posterior talus in his right ankle, GM Billy King announced.
He injured his ankle in practice on December 5.
In 19 games (14 starts) this season, Hollis-Jefferson has averaged 5.2 points, 6.1 rebounds (fourth among qualifying rookies), 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals (first among qualifying rookies) in 22.1 minutes per game.
He's scored in double figures three times, recorded double digit rebounds five times and is the only rookie in the league to register a five-steal game (he's posted two such games).
It's really a shame, because Hollis-Jefferson is one of the few bright spots on this team. Early on, you saw flashes of just how brilliant his defense is, and he was beginning to get starts and trusted in more spots by Lionel Hollins. Hopefully, this can be rehabbed fully and he can get back on the court this year, but I think the Nets should be extra cautious with pushing RHJ back too soon. He's too important of a piece for the future.