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Nets’ McCullough to Return in February

As reported by Andy Vasquez of The Record, Brooklyn Nets rookie Chris McCullough is primed to make his professional debut at some point this month, while the specific date remains unknown:

McCullough tore his ACL last winter during his freshman season at Syracuse, just 16 games into his collegiate career. McCullough then decided to enter the draft a few months later even though he was known to be rehabilitating from injury. The Nets, who have famously given away most of their first-round picks of both the present and future, selected McCullough at 29th overall. That was Brooklyn’s appointed draft slot after the Atlanta Hawks exercised their right to swap picks with the Nets, as part of the years-old trade that brought Joe Johnson to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn had been receiving excellent contributions from fellow rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, whom the team acquired after trading center Mason Plumlee to the Portland Trail Blazers. However, after just 19 games played, Hollis-Jefferson broke his ankle, and has yet to return from the injury. The team’s starting point guard, Jarrett Jack, has also torn his ACL in the meantime, ending his season after just 32 games played.

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