The Brooklyn Nets’ Nic Claxton is on the radar of the Los Angeles Lakers who had a great last season and would be looking forward to making some changes so as to get their hands on the title next year. Even though they do not have that much flexibility to do so, they can still target a few players.
The Nets might try to trade Nic off if they think that he might not extend. Fans consider the 24-year-old Nic Claxton to be an ‘Underrated’ Gem. They would like to get value in his return now, rather than watching him leave for free later. Can the Lakers acquire him?
Here is all the information you need about the trade between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers involving Nic Claxton.
What would the Lakers offer for Nic Claxton?
Ahead of the 2022-23 Season, Nicolas Claxton signed a 2-year / $17,250,000 contract with the Brooklyn Nets, including $17,250,000 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $8,625,000.
The Lakers are expected to offer Jarred Vanderbilt, Jalen Hood-Schifino and a first round and second round pick from the year 2030 in exchange for Nic Claxton. The Lakers want to pair Anthony Davis to save him from probable health issues he might have from the workload he has. Although they landed Jaxon Hayes for the same, they would be happy to get somebody who is more efficient and Nic is one of those players who can fulfil the Lakers’ need.
Nic Claxton guarded by far the most isolation possessions this season:
He allowed only a 36.2 FG% in those ISO possessions per @PlaySwoops
He is a top 5 defender in basketball, the disrespect after the 7/11 trades has been crazy. pic.twitter.com/mVBE4fwAtS
— Brooklyn Netcast (@BrooklynNetcast) July 18, 2023
Why would the Nets trade off Nic Claxton?
The Nets and Nic are yet to decide on an extension and if the two parties fail to reach an agreement. The Nets might consider trading him and the Lakers are giving good returns for him as well. They are getting Vanderbilt in return along with another quality player and two draft picks. This improves their roster and also increases the squad depth and the assets can be used in the future.
Report: Ben Simmons and several first-rounders have been discussed in trade talks with the Raptors for Pascal Siakam. Toronto covets Nic Claxton as well, via @MikeAScotto.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 7, 2023
Why would the Lakers like to sign Nic Claxton?
The Lakers would like to strengthen their defense. Nic can switch and his guarding at the perimeter is going to be very important for the Lakers. If he decides to stay for a long time, he can be the future of the Lakers.
Will Nic extend with the Nets or will they trade him to the Lakers? And if the trade happens would Nic stay with them? We’ll keep you updated.