Nets reserve rookie big man Nicolas Claxton has undergone arthroscopic labrum repair surgery on his left shoulder, per a team statement captured by Ian Begley of SNY (Twitter link). Claxton is expected to miss the entire Orlando 2019/20 season resumption, but will return for training camp ahead of the ’20/21 season.
The No. 31 overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Georgia, Claxton played sparingly for the Nets during his debut season. The 6’11”, 215-pound 21-year-old holds averages of 4.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, and 1.1 APG in 12.5 MPG across 15 games.
Claxton joins his starrier All-NBA teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in sitting out for the Orlando restart. The Nets will have just 14 healthy players in Orlando, and two of those healthy players are on two-way contracts, per Bobby Marks of ESPN (Twitter link).