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(The Sports Xchange) – Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the 2017-18 season after the Brooklyn Nets said he sustained a ruptured patellar tendon of the right knee in Wednesday night’s regular-season opener against the Pacers in Indiana.

Lin was injured on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of the Nets’ 140-131 road loss to the Indiana Pacers and had to leave the game. He limped back to the locker room under his own power after initially being assisted.

Before exiting the game, Lin totaled 18 points and four assists in 25 minutes. He is in the second season of a three-year, $36 million contract he signed with Brooklyn before last season.

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The Denver Nuggets announced the signing of veteran forward Richard Jefferson. The team also announced it had waived guard Jameer Nelson.

Jefferson, 37, cleared waivers Monday after being waived by the Hawks after Atlanta acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers that was completed Saturday.

ESPN previously reported Jefferson will make $2.3 million in the one-year deal. Jefferson is joining his seventh NBA team after debuting in the 2001-02 season and spending his first seven seasons with the then-New Jersey Nets. He made the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team in 2002.

He spent the last two years with the Cavaliers, serving as a role player and helping the franchise win its first championship during the 2015-16 season. The 16-year NBA veteran has averaged 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 1,161 career games.

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An MRI exam on the injured left knee of Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green came back negative, according to an ESPN report.

Green’s status for Friday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans is uncertain.

The two-time All-Star and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year was injured during the third quarter of the Warriors’ regular-season opener against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

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