Nets will match any offer to the big man
The Brooklyn Nets don’t seem to want to let restricted free agent Nic Claxton slip through their fingers.
The team would be ready to respond to any offers that come their way for the 23-year-old big man, an NBA general manager told Heavy’s Sean Deveney. As a restricted free agent (RFA), the Nets have the right to match any offer sheet that may be sent to Claxton.
“He won’t get more than a mid-level offer from a team like Charlotte or Chicago, and if that’s the case, they’re comfortable matching him,” the conference general manager said. from the east. another team gives it to him. He’s looking at something like three years, $35 million.
Claxton has certainly had his fair share of ups and downs during his time with the Nets. He dealt with injuries and COVID but appeared to be taking the right steps in the 2021-22 season.
He also enjoyed extended playing time in December as COVID decimated the Nets.
Claxton averaged a career-high 8.7 points per game and shot 67.4% from the field this year during the regular season. In the playoffs, he also played well, despite going 1-for-11 at the free throw line in Game 4.
The big man averaged 10.5 points per game while remaining an average of 24.5 minutes against the Boston Celtics in the first round.
The Brooklyn Nets have 48 hours to match any offer Claxton may receive and they can offer him up to four years and $55 million if they reach a deal by June 30.
“They’re not sold on him as the big guy of the future, but at that number they would keep him and know they can move him into a deal next summer if they have something better in mind. The problem is they have a short window here so they can’t wait for it too long. But Sean (Marks) believes in development and they’re not going to give it up so soon,” the GM said.
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Claxton is one of several free agents that Nets general manager Sean Marks will have to make a decision this offseason. Last week, it was reported that the Boston Celtics could make a play for the Nets’ pending free agent Bruce Brown.