Nets shooting guard Keith Bogans underwent an MRI exam on his left foot, and the results drove the situation from bad to worse.
Bogans was diagnosed with a complete tear of the left deltoid ligament, as well as a fractured left ankle, in a freak on-court accident in Wednesday's 99-92 loss to Detroit and will be lost for the season.
Bogans, who signed Feb. 1 as a free agent and played in five games, will undergo surgery Monday.
The Nets will not seek immediate outside help because they have 15 guaranteed contracts, no spot and would have to release someone.
But if they make a move soon, releasing Bogans is a possibility. He makes around $600,000 on a pro-rated veteran's minimum.
The Nets, who should have nine available players Friday night for the rematch with the Pistons, now have two players -- Bogans and Damion James (foot surgery) -- who do not figure to play again this season. Both expiring contracts could be used in deals.