2. PF Nicolas Claxton
Like Sharpe, Claxton is a very talented young big that shouldn’t be moved unless a superstar becomes available that Brooklyn simply can’t say no to. If a hypothetical contender were looking to get rid of their franchise guy and start anew, getting Claxton thrown into the mix might not be a bad consolation prize.
Claxton averaged just 6.6 points per game last year, but he made a very convincing case for more playing time thanks to his defense, as he showed the quick feet needed to hang out on the perimeter and the kind of expansive wingspan that can cause problems for even the staunchest of big men in the East.
Nicolas Claxton would be a valuable asset for the Brooklyn Nets.
If the Nets had their druthers, Claxton will likely stay in Brooklyn long-term. However, Brooklyn probably wanted to keep Allen and LeVert last year, too, but getting Harden was too good to pass up. Claxton isn’t in the Allen-LeVert tier just yet, but he could be with a strong start to the season in 2021 under his belt.
Claxton and Sharpe are almost polar opposites as prospects, as one is a ropey ball-handler and the other is a traditional bruiser. There is a chance that the Nets decide that only one of them is worth developing and the other could be used as trade fodder, and Claxton may just end up getting flipped because of it.