Friday October 24th, 2014

Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins said he thinks Brook Lopez will be ready for the team's opener, but he also said the center still needs to be cleared by doctors, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Lopez sustained a mild sprain in his foot during an Oct. 16 preseason game and was expected to be out for 10-14 days. 

The center has fractured the same foot twice before, including last season. He played in just just 17 games in 2013-14, averaging 20.7 points and six rebounds per game. 

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According to Andy Vasquez of The Record, Hollins said he'd prefer Lopez practice before playing in the season opener, but "if he's healthy, he'll play." 

On Friday, Brooklyn exercised third-year contract options on center Mason Plumlee and forward Sergey Karasev. Plumlee is expected to serve as a backup for both Lopez and Kevin Garnett this season. 

The Nets open the regular season on Wednesday at the Boston Celtics.

- Molly Geary

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