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Nets’ rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson out 8-10 weeks after ankle surgery

2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

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If you’re looking for a silver lining on this, at least it’s an injury he can bounce back from, and even return to play later this season.

Brooklyn most-promising player — 20-year-old rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson — will be out 8-10 weeks following right ankle surgery to repair a fracture, the team announced.

“Rondae had surgery this morning to repair a fracture of the posterior talus in his right ankle,” surgeon Dr. Martin O’Malley said in a statement released by the team. “Two screws were inserted to repair the fracture. There was no other structural damage, and he is expected to make a complete recovery, with a timetable of his return to the court estimated at 8-10 weeks.”

The fluke injury occurred during practice December 5.

Hollis-Jefferson had started 14 games for the Nets, and he played impressive defense while scoring 5.2 points and grabbing 6.1 rebounds a game. The real sign of his impact — the Nets were 8.3 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the court than off it. This is going to be a setback for the Nets, although they did pick up a win over the Rockets on Tuesday.

The only people “happy” with this injury may be Celtics fans because their team owns Brooklyn’s unprotected 2016 first-round pick.